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; Winter  2003 


Performing  plus 
intellectual  rigor; 
Barnard’s  unique 
dance  department 


Laura  Paisley  '05 


Mapping  the  Future:  Barnard's  Master  Plan 
Food  for  Thought;  Culinary  Pros  in  the  Kitchen,  on  TV  and  in  Print 
Faculty  Focus:  H2O,  Arsenic  and  Sea  tee 


Bear  Barnard  in  Mind 


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v^oing  to  Barnard  during  the  Depression  was 
no  picnic,  so  the  current  economic  downturn  is 
an  old  story  to  Grace  lijima,  Class  of  ’33.  Rather 
than  being  deterred  from  making  a gift  to  cele- 
brate her  upcoming  70th  reunion,  she  did  w'hat 
she  learned  to  do  back  then — she  improvdsed,  and 
changed  her  intended  becjuest  to  a generous  char- 
itable gift  annuity. 

“This  gift  was  based  on  the  hard  reality  that  my 
income  and  principle  were  shrinking  at  an  alarm- 
ing rate  because  of  the  poor  economy  of  the  last 
two  or  three  years.  It  seemed  that  if  I sat  still  I 
wouldn’t  have  enough  to  live  on  at  my  present 
lev^el  and  there  wouldn’t  be  enough  to  leave  to  the 
College  or  to  anybody.” 


Grace  lijima  ’33 

I’m  receiving  now,  so  the  College  can 
have  the  full  amount  I had  intended  to 
leave  it.” 


Grace  had  intended  to  leave  a bequest  to 
Barnard,  and  when  she  learned  about  charitable 
gift  annuities,  she  decided  to  make  her  gift  now. 

“The  miraculous  thing  is  that  I’m  receiving  a nice 
income  from  the  annuity  that  supplements  my 
modest  pension  as  a retired  librarian  and  my 
Social  Security.  So  you  see,  I’m  not  so  noble,  and 
I don’t  want  [Barnard]  thanking  me  too  much. 
It’s  sort  of  embarrassing! 

“I  can  breathe  more  easily  having  something  for 
myself  and  leaving  something  to  Barnard.  If 
there’s  more  left  in  the  rest  of  my  estate.  I’ll  set 
aside  something  for  Barnard,  to  make  up  for  what 


For  more  information  about  planned  gifts  and 
other  ways  to  remember  Barnard  through  your 
estate,  please  contact: 

Barnard  College 

Office  of  Planned  Giving 

3009  Broadway 

New  York,  NY  10027-6598 

Phone:  212-854-2001 

Toll-free:  1-866-257-1889 

E-mail:  plannedgiving@barnard.edu 

Online:  www.barnard.edu/giving 


Donors  of  Planned  Gifts  are  invited  to  join  the  Athena  Society 


FEATURES 


BARNARD 

Winter  2003 


Dance  Steps  Out  18 

Performing  plus  Intellectual  Rigor: 

Barnard’s  Unique  Dance  Department 
by  Merri  Rosenberg  ’78 

Mapping  the  Future  24 

Barnard’s  Master  Plan 
by  Anne  Schutzberger 

Food  for  Thought  30 

Culinary  Pros  in  the  Kitchen,  on  TV  and  in  Print 
by  Lori  Segal 


FRONT  COVER:  LAURA  PAISLEY  '05  PERFORMS  "SIMPLICITY," 
WHICH  SHE  CHOREOGRAPHED.  AT  A NOVEMBER  22 
STUDENT  SHOWCASE  AT  MILLER  THEATRE  PHOTO  BY 
DIANE  BONDAREFF  '90 


DEPARTMENTS 

2 Letters 

3 President's  Page 

Hands  Across  Broadway: 

A Century  of  Partnership 

4 Through  the  Gates 

11  Syllabus 

From  Great  “Wen”  to  World  City 

12  Sources:  Shaping  the 
Future  at  Barnard 

15  Books,  etc. 

Singin’  a Different  Tune 

34  AABC  News 

36  Class  Notes 

Profiles:  Michelle  Friedman  ’74, 
Abigail  S.  Carroll  ’91 

68  Last  Word 

Inspired  by  Anna 
Isolde  Raftery  ’04 


LETTERS 


Reactions  to  the  Redesign 

riic  Tall  2002  issue  was  far  more 
aUracli\e  and  inleresting  than  usual. 
'I'he  new  layout  is  great  and  each  of  the 
stories  in  this  issue  had  a special  reso- 
nance for  me,  so  I read  it  co\’er-to-co\'er 
with  great  pleasure. 

Dana  Cohen  Engel  ’65 
Neve  Cork,  Nil 

Congratulations  on  the  redesign  of 
Barnard  magazine.  Readability  (font, 
point  size  and  leading)  is  100% 
imjrroved.  In  addition,  sjracing,  group- 
ing, white  space  and  color  photos  con- 
tribute to  an  appealing  look  that’s  also 
calmer  and  easier  to  access.  Thanks! 

Ruth  Margaretten  Bilenker  ’46 
Elizabeth,  NJ. 

A Caveat  on  Adoption 

I enjoyed  the  article  about  international 
adoption  in  the  Fall  2002  issue.  As  a fam- 
ily law  attorney;  r\’e  been  fatniliar  with 
international  adoptions  for  years.  One 
thing  of  which  people  considering  such 
adoptions  should  be  aware  is  that  they 
need  to  fully  comply  with  U.S.  immigra- 
tion rec|uirements  before  the  child  is 
allowed  to  enter  the  United  States. 

Nancy  Jacobr-Akhari  ’68 
Jenkintown,  Pa. 

Cosmetic  Surgery,  Anyone? 

.\fter  ha\ing  cosmetic  surgery,  I decided 
to  write  a book  about  women’s  motix'a- 


Letters  should  be  typed  and  no  more  than  300 
words  long,  and  may  be  edited  for  length  and  clar- 
ity. Send  comments  to  magazine@barnard.edu  or 
to  Amy  Debra  Feldman,  editor,  Barnard  magazine, 
Barnard  College,  3009  Broadway,  New  York,  NY 
10027-6598. 


tions  for  cosmetic  surgery  and  how'  it 
impacts  their  li\’es.  Please  \isit  my  Web 
site,  http://ma,xpages.com/psurgery-;  if 
you’re  willing  to — anonymously  - com- 
plete a c|uestionnairc  or  share  your  story, 
call  me  at  631-271-1566  or  send  e-mail 
to  women_.surgery@yahoo.com  (you 
can  get  a free  e-mail  account  under  a 
pseudonym  at  www.mail.yahoo.com). 

L)is  1 1 eissman  Stern  '58 
Huntington,  Nil 

Corrections 

In  the  article  on  female  rabbis  in  the  Fall 
2002  issue,  we  incorrectly  identihed  the 
former  husband  of  Rabbi  Rebecca 
Trachtenberg  .Alpert  ’7 1 as  her  husband. 
.Alpert,  a lesbian  who  co-edited  Lesbian 
Rabbis:  The  Eirst  Generation  (Rutgers 
University  Press,  2001),  found  in  her 
research  that  there  are  more  than  500 
female  rabbis  in  the  United  States,  tiot 
350,  as  the  article  stated.  The  article  also 
misstated  the  affiliation  of  Rabbi  Sharon 
Kleinbaum  ’81,  who  is  a Reconstruc- 
tionist rabbi  and  ga\'e  an  outdated  affili- 
ation for  Rabbi  IcUen  Wblintz-Fields  ’94, 
who  is  rabbi  of  Uongregation  Or  Tik\’ah 
in  Gurnee,  111.  \Ve  regret  the  errors. 


Eall  2002  Trivia  Answer:  This 

mark,  which  appears  at  the  end  of 
our  feature  articles,  is  a rendition  of 
the  brass  design  work  above  the 
entrance  to  Milbank  Hall. 

Barnard  Trivia 

How  many  tennis  courts  did 
Barnard's  campus  boast  in 
1950? 

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IPH  ^8^o(l(fo  moj)  )i/Si^  :.oMsuy 


BARNARD 

Editor  Amy  Debra  Feldman 
Art  Director  Amy  Wilson-Webb 
Associate  Editor  Lori  Segal 
Staff  Writers  Amy  E.  Hughes,  /Krine  Schutzberger 

Alumnae  Association  of  Barnard  College 
Margarita  (Ari)  Brose  Orr  ’84,  president  and 
alumnae  trustee 

Rosa  .Alonso  '82,  alumnae  trustee 
Amy  Lai  ’89,  alumnae  trustee 
Nina  Shaw  ’76,  alumnae  trustee 
Lisa  Phillips  Da\as  ’76,  \ace  president 
Enid  Lotstein  Ringer  '83,  director-at-large 
Julie  Buttenwieser  ’88,  director-at-large 
^^yrna  Fishman  Fawcett  ’70,  director-at-large 
Laurie  Wolf  Bryk  ’78,  treasurer 

Chairpersons,  Standing  Committees 
Daphne  Fodor  Philipson  ’69,  alumnae  council 
Jane  Newham  McGroarty  '65,  annual  gixing 
Pamela  Bradford  '84,  bylaws 
.*\lexis  Gelber  '74,  communications 
Hadassah  Teitz  Brooks  Morgan  ’57,  fellowships 
Linda  Rappaport  Ferber  '66,  nominating 
Judy  Acs  Seidman  '84,  regional  networks 
Cyndi  Stivers  '78,  reunion 
Shilpa  Bahri  '99,  young  alumnae 

Office  of  Development  and  Alumnae  Affairs 

Roberta  Waterstone  Albert  ’92,  director  of 
alumnae  affairs 

Mev\’  Chiu  ’95,  associate  director  of  alumnae 
affairs 

\anessa  Corba  ’96,  associate  director  of  alumnae 
affairs 

Aidan  Smith  ’97,  manager  of  regional  alumnae 
programs 

Leah  Kopperman  '89,  manager  of  electronic 
communications 

Cameran  Mason,  vice  president  for  de\elopment 
and  alumnae  affairs 

Penny  Van  .\mburg,  director  of  development 
communications 

BARNARD,  USPS  #875-280 
Winter  2003,  Vol.  XCII,  No.  1 
ISSN  1071-6513 
Published  quarterly. 

Copyright  2003  by  AABC,  Barnard  College, 

3009  Broadway,  New  York,  NY  10027-6598 
Telephone:  212-854-6157,  e-mail;  magazine@barnard.edu 

Opinions  expressed  are  those  of  contributors  or  the  editor  and  do  not  represent 
official  positions  of  Barnard  College  or  the  Alumnae  Association. 

Periodicals  postage  paid  at  New  York,  NY,  and  additional  mailing  offices. 
Postmaster:  Send  change  of  address  form  to  Office  of  Alumnae  Records, 

Barnard  College,  3009  Broadway,  New  York.  NY  10027-6598. 


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PRESIDENT'S  PAGE 


BY  PRESIDENT  JUDITH  SHAPIRO 


Hands  Across  Broadway: 
A Century  of  Partnership 

Questions  about  Barnard’s  relationship  with 
Columbia  University  come  up  fairly  regularly 
in  my  exchanges  with  students,  faculty,  alumnae 
and  many  others.  In  fact,  I have  found  that 
misconceptions  about  this  relationship  are 


\sidespread,  probably  because  our  educational  partnership  is 
unique  and  complex,  and  has  changed  significantly  since  the 
signing  of  the  original  affiliation  agreement  103  years  ago. 
(The  latest  affiliation  agreement  was  signed  in  1 998  and  will 

be  in  effect  until  2013.) 

^Vith  the  aim  of  piwiding 
Barnard  readers  ^\■ith  a clearer 
understanding  of  our  partner- 
ship with  Columbia,  I recently 
discussed  the  subject  with  staff 
writer  Anne  Schutzberger.  Fol- 
lowing are  my  answers  to  se\'er- 
al  of  the  questions  she  posed: 

Q.  What  are  the  origins  of 
Barnard’s  affiliation  with 
Columbia? 

A.  Barnard  was  founded  after 
Frederick  A.P.  Barnard,  Colum- 
bia’s president  from  1864  to 
1 889,  argued  unsuccessfully  for 
the  admission  of  women  to  the  Unh’ersity.  A key  player  in  the 
founding  of  Barnard  was  Annie  Nathan  Meyer,  who  had 
enrolled  in  Columbia’s  “Collegiate  Course  for  Women”  and 
found  it  decidedly  inferior  to  the  education  men  receh  ed  at 
the  Unhersity. 

Barnard  College  opened  its  doors  in  1889,  and  mo\'ed 
from  a rented  midtown  brownstone  to  its  own  Morningside 
Heights  campus  in  1897,  the  same  year  Columbia  mo\’ed 


uptown.  Barnard  formally  affiliated 
with  the  Uni\-ersir\'  in  1900. 

Q.  Is  Barnard  an  independ- 
ent college? 

A.  Yes.  We  are  legalK'  separate 
and  hnancially  independent  from 
Columbia  Unh'ersity.  Specifically,  we 
ha\e  our  own  campus,  administration,  fac- 
ulty, students,  trustees,  endowment,  operating  budget,  and 
degree  rec|uirements,  and  we  are  accredited  separately  by  the 
Middle  States  Commission  on  Higher  Education.  We  pay 
annual  fees  to  Columbia  to  cover  the  costs  of  library  use,  fac- 
ulty exchange,  instruction,  telecommunications  and  other 
sen'ices.  And  we  are  on  our  own  when  it  comes  to  fundrais- 
ing; in  other  words,  we  must  raise  our  own  money  for  e\  ery- 
thing  from  faculty  research  to  campus  renovation. 

Q.  How  do  Barnard  and  Columbia  students  benefit 
from  the  affiliation? 

A.  Ob\'iously,  Barnard  students  deri\’e  tremendous  social  and 
academic  benehts  from  their  college's  partnership  with  a great 
coeducational  research  unhersity.  It  is  widely  known  that 
Barnard  students  can  take  classes  at  Columbia,  and  that  they 
ha\e  full  access  to  Butler  Library  and  other  Cnix’ersity 
resources.  When  they  graduate,  they  receh’e  a Columbia  Uni- 
versity degree,  as  do  students  of  Columbia  College,  because 
degrees  are  granted  only  b\'  the  Unh'ersits;  not  by  the  under- 

contiuued  on  page  67 


The  Barnard- 
Columbia 
partnership  is 
unique 

and  complex. 
Misconceptions 
about  the 
relationship  are 
widespread. 


Win  tER  2003  Barnard  3 


THROUGH  THE  GATES 


Alison  Wayne  ’04  and  her  mentor,  Dana  Points  ’88, 
executive  editor  of  Self. 


For  the  mentors,  who  include  Anna 
Ouindlen  ’74  (see  “Last  ^\’ord,”  page  68), 
ha\ing  this  kind  of  relationship  with  a 
Barnard  undergraduate  is  a wa)'  to  gi\'e 
something  back  to  the  Clollege. 

"I  could'\e  used  a mentor  when  I 
was  a student,  especially  as  I chose  my 
major,”  says  Caroline  Fleisher  Biren- 
baum  ’63,  director  of  communications 
for  the  Swann  Auction  Galleries  in  New 
\brk  and  mentor  to  Lynn  Suhrie  '05. 
“4'his  is  a \’ery  good  idea.” 

“One  of  the  things  that  makes 
Barnard  so  special  is  the  relationship  that 
can  be  forged  between  students  and 
altimnae,”  .\lbert  sa)  s.  “^\’e  discussed  the 
concept  of  the  program  with  student 
leaders,  and  made  it  a sophomore  year 
experience  because  this  is  when  students 
choose  their  major.” 

Alumnae  interested  in  participating 
in  this  program  can  contact  .AJumnae 
.Alfairs  at  212-854-2005  or  alumnaeaf- 
lairs@barnard.edu.  .Applications  are  dis- 
tributed to  sophomores  during  the  fall 
semester. 

-Merri  Rosenberg  ’78 


.Alison  is  one  of  the  students  who 
participate  in  the  Sophomore-.Alumnae 
Mentoring  Program,  created  in  2000  by 
Roberta  W’aterstone  .Albert  '92,  director 
ol  alumnae  alTairs,  and  Jane  Gelwvn. 


related  call  on 
her  cell  phone 
during  their 
dinner  togeth- 
er. 


Marlene  Markard  ’92,  a corporate  lawyer,  and  her  mentee, 
Adeena  Toll  ’04. 


Alumnae  Mentors  Lend 
Students  a Helping  Hand 


Sophomores  benefit  from  alumnae  guidance  and  advice 


For  .Alison  Wayne  '04,  an  .American 
history  major,  figuring  out  whether 
to  find  a job  in  journalism  after 
graduation,  attend  a graduate  journalism 
program  or  explore  other  career  helds  is  a 
daunting  task. 

When  she  spent  a day  shado\sing 
her  mentor,  t)ana  Points  '88.  executi\e 
editor  of  Self  “I  was  able  to  pick  her 
brain,  and  that  helped  me  clarify  what 
this  career  entails,"  .Alison  says.  " Fhe 
experience  ga\'e  me  a lot  more  informa- 
tion to  make  a career  choice." 


director  of  the  Otlice  of  Gareer  l)e\  el- 
opment. 

The  program  was  established  to 
gi\’e  alumnae  the  opportunity  to  share 
insights  about  the  world  of  work  and 
how  a field  of  stuck'  may  be  applied  to  a 
specific  career  path.  “We  were  hoping  to 
expand  students'  understanding  of  how 
the  major  they  choose  relates  to  their 
career  paths,”  Gelw)'n  says. 

In  addition,  students  can  see  how 
alumnae  balance  work  and  a personal 
life — something  .Adeena  Toll  '04  observed 
first-hand  when 
her  mentor,  cor- 
porate lawxer 
Marlene 
Markard  '92, 
recei\  ed  a work- 


I B.\rn.\rd  2003 


PHOTOS  BY  DIANE  BONDAREFF  '90 


FACULTY  FOCUS 

What’s  in  the  Water? 

Two  environmental  science  professors  study  pollutants  in  H2O 


Water  and  its  pollutants  fasci- 
nate two  Barnard  professors. 
Martin  Stute,  associate  pro- 
fessor of  environmental  science,  assess- 
es sites  in  the  United  States  and 
Bangladesh  where  elevated  arsenic  le\’- 
els  in  the  drinking 
water  are  causing  a 
cancer  epidemic. 

Arsenic,  an  abun- 
dant natural  ele- 
ment, can  contami- 
nate groundwater  as 
the  result  of  either 
industrial  pollution 
or  naturally  occur- 
ring chemical  reac- 
tions. 

Stute  is  studying 
both  types  of  con- 
tamination under  a 
research  program 
sponsored  by  the  National  Institute  of 
Environmental  Health  Science  and  the 
EPA  Superfund  Basic  Research  Pro- 
gram (http:/ /superfund. ciesin.colum- 
bia.edu). 

The  project’s  goals  are  to  find  out 
how  arsenic  affects  the  human  body,  to 
understand  the  mechanisms  that 
enable  arsenic  to  move  through  water 
and  to  develop  strategies  for  reducing 
the  level  of  arsenic  in  water  from  dif- 
ferent sources,  he  says.  A hydrogeolo- 
gist with  a physics  background,  Stute 
says  his  expertise  can  help  determine 
“what  role  groundwater  flow  plays  in 
all  of  this.” 

Stephanie  Pfirman,  Ann  Whitney 
Olin  Professor  of  Environmental  Sci- 
ence and  department  chair,  studies 
the  role  of  sea  ice  in  redistributing  sed- 
iments and  pollutants  in  the  Arctic, 


particularly  how  warming  in  the  Arc- 
tic could  affect  the  pathways  and  fate 
of  contaminants. 

The  Arctic  is  the  only  place  in  the 
world  where  sea  ice  serves  as  a long-dis- 
tance transport  mechanism;  it  forms  off 
the  Siberian  coast 
and,  over  three  to 
five  years,  drifts 
toward  eastern 
Greenland.  Contam- 
inants can  be 
entrained  during  ice 
formation  as  well  as 
during  drift,  and  they 
are  released  when 
the  ice  melts.  The 
process  affects  entry 
of  pollutants  into  the 
Arctic  marine  food 
chain.  Humans’  food 
can  be  affected,  too: 
Many  large  fisheries  are  located  in  ice- 
melting zones,  Pfirman  says. 

Using  satellite  images  and 
buoys — which  are  dropped  from 
planes  and  then  drift  with  the  ice — she 
tracks  where  ice  originates,  what  hap- 
pens while  it  drifts  and  w.’here  it  melts 
and  releases  the  materials  it  has  accu- 
mulated. Pfirman,  who  has  traveled  to 
the  Arctic  nine  times,  chairs  the 
National  Science  Foundation’s  adviso- 
ry committee  on  environmental 
research  and  education. 

Last  fall,  Pfirman  incorporated 
her  research  into  “Exploring  the 
Poles,”  a first-year  seminar  in  which 
students  learn  about  sea  ice  and  the 
polar  regions  through  readings  of  the 
heroic  age  of  exploration  and  simulat- 
ed Arctic  expeditions. 

— Adrienne  Onofri 


Origins  of  Arctic  sea  ice  in 
June  1997.  Ice  is  color-coded 
by  the  coastal  region  where  it 
originated.  The  intricate  color 
pattern,  with  slivers  and  folds, 
highlights  the  complexities  of 
sea  ice  trajectories. 


Voices  in 
the  News 

"Students  have  an  affinity  for 
Hollywood.  You're  trying  to 
connect  with  students  by  tak- 
ing a world  that  they  know 
and  allowing  students  to  enter 
that  world." 

— Mark  Carnes,  Ann  Whitney 
Olin  Professor  of  History,  in  The 
Daily  News  (Dec.  10,  2002)  on 
how  high  school  history 
teachers  can  use  films  such  as 
"The  Crucible" or  "Titanic" to 
generate  class  discussions  on 
courtship  patterns,  premarital 
sexuality  and  the  relationship 
of  marriage  to  capita!  accumu- 
lation. Carnes  and  three  other 
Barnard  history  professors  are 
leading  workshops  in  collabo- 
ration with  the  Queens  High 
School  Superintendent's  Office 
and  the  GUder-Lehrer  Institute 
of  American  History.  Robert 
McCaughey and 
Rosalind  Rosenberg — both 
Ann  Whitney  Olin  Professors — 
and  Herbert  Sloan  are  the  other 
Barnard  professors  leading 
workshops. 

"We  need  to  simplify  our 
byzantine  court  structure,  a 
maze  of  11  separate  trial 
courts,  each  with  its  own  sep- 
arate jurisdictional  universe." 
— The  Hon.  Judith  Kaye  '58, 
chief  judge  of  the  Court  of 
Appeals  for  the  State  of  New 
York,  in  The  New  York  Times 
(Jan.  14,  2003),  on  the  need  to 
streamline  the  New  York  trial 
court  system. 


IMAGE  GENERATED  BY  BILL  HAXBY 


W’lXTKR  20(13  Barnard  5 


HBeOGH  THE  GATES 

How  to  Change  the  World 

(or  at  Least  New  York  City) 

Civic  leaders  offer  inspiration  for  careers  in  public  service 


II  you  want  a job  that  gives  you  lots  of 
responsibility  early  on,  work  for  tlie 
cil);  Oeorgia  I’estana  ’84,  chief  of 
labor  and  employment  law  in  the  New' 
\brk  Clity  Law  Department,  toid  the 
audience  at  a panel  airoiit  rvorking  in 
citv  gox’ernment.  After  graduating  from 
law  school,  Pestana  was  hired  by  the 
New  Wrrk  City  Law  Department,  where 
she  worked  on  high-profile  cases  about 
conditions  in  single-room-occupancy 
buildings  and  the  plight  of  prisoners 
who  were  psychiatric  patients  in  city 
hospitals. 

Other  speakers  on  the  panel,  held  at 
Barnard  on  October  10,  were  Liz 
Abzug,  adjunct  assistant  professor  of 
urban  studies  at  Barnard,  and  former 


director  for  federal  alfairs  and  programs. 
New  York  State  Ollice  of  Economic 


Development;  C.  Virginia  Fields,  presi- 
dent, borough  of  Manhattan;  and  Ester 
Fuchs,  special  acKisor  for  governance 
and  strategic  jrlanning  for  New  York 
City  Mayor  Michael  Bloomberg  and 
professor  of  political  science  at  Barnard. 


4'he  panel  was  co-sponsored  by  the 
Barnard  Center  for  Research  on 
Women,  the  urban  studies  program,  the 
Office  of  the  President,  the  Office  of 
Alumnae  Affairs  and  the  Office  of 
Career  Development. 

Fields  encouraged  students  to  vol- 
unteer. “You’re  here  at  Barnard,  in 
Manhattan,  part  of  Columbia 
University.  The  resources  are  here,  the 
opportunities  are  here  and  the  commu- 
nities are  here,”  she  said.  “You’re  at  a 
place,  at  a time,  w'hen  so  much  is  hap- 
pening. Become  a part  of  that.  Expand 
on  the  academic  part  of  what  you’re 
doing.  Take  advantage  of  everything 
this  great  city  has  to  offer.” 

—MR 


VAGELOS  ALUMNAE  CENTER  OPENS 

Close  to  200  alymiiae  volunteers 
came  together  on  October  30  to 
toast  the  official  opening  of  the 
Vageios  Alumnae  Center  in  the 
restored  historic  Deanery.  The 
center,  which  now  houses  ele- 
gantly appointed  living  and  dining 
rooms  and  a modernized  kitchen, 
in  addition  to  offices  for  alumnae 
affairs  and  Barnard  magazine 
staff  members,  is  a generous  gift 
from  farmer  trustee  Diana  Touiia- 
tou  Vageios  '55,  and  her  husband, 
R Roy  Vageios,  M.D.  (shown 
above  with  President  Shapiro). 


6 Barnard  Win’i  er  2(J03 


PHOTO  BY  KRISTINE  LARSON 


HRT:  Sorting  Through  the 

Women’s  health  specialists  address  hormone-replacement  therapy 


Women’s  health  specialists 

addressed  many  of  the  press- 
ing issues  surrounding  the  use 
of  hormone-replacement  therapy  at  a 
November  21  panel  at  Barnard,  spon- 
sored by  the  Alumnae  Association  of 
Barnard  College. 

The  use  of  hormones  to  ease 
menopausal  conditions  became  a hot 
topic  last  summer  when  the  Women’s 
Health  Initiative  (WHI)  halted  its  study 
of  postmenopausal  women  taking  a 
combination  of  estrogen  and  prog- 
estin— three  years  before  the  study  was 
slated  to  conclude — because  the  health 
risks  appeared  to  be  outweighing  the 
benefits.  The  Women’s  Health  Initiative 
is  a long-term,  national  government 
study  sponsored  by  the  National  Heart, 
Lung,  and  Blood  Institute  of  the 
National  Institutes  of  Health. 

The  panelists  were  Dr.  Alison 
Estabrook  ’74,  chief  of  breast  surgery 
at  St.  Luke’s-Roosevelt  Hospital 
Center;  Dr.  Michelle  Friedman  ’74,  a 
psychiatrist  and  assistant  clinical  profes- 
sor of  psychiatry  at  Mount  Sinai 
Hospital  in  New  York  (see  profile,  page 
53);  Dr.  Nieca  Goldberg  ’79,  chief  of 
the  Cardiac  Rehabilitation  and 
Prevention  Center  and  the  Women’s 
Heart  Program  at  Lenox  Hill  Hospital 
in  New  York  and  author  of  Women  Are 
Mot  Small  Men:  Life-Saving  Strategies  for 
Preventing  and  Healing  Heart  Disease  in 
Women  (Ballantine  Books,  2002);  Dr. 
Fredi  Kronenberg,  director  of  the 
Richard  and  Hinda  Rosenthal  Center 
for  Complementary  and  Alternative 
Medicine  at  Columbia  University, 
College  of  Physicians  and  Surgeons; 
and  Dr.  Judith  Schwartz  ’78,  a gynecol- 
ogist and  assistant  clinical  professor  of 
obstetrics  and  gynecology  at  Mount 
Sinai  Hospital.  Denise  Gray,  a health 
and  medicine  reporter  for  The  Mew  York 


Times,  moderated. 

Addressing  flaws  in  the  WHI  estro- 
gen-progestin study,  Schwartz  said  that 
the  study  was  initiated  to  determine  if 
hormone-replacement  therapy  has  a pri- 
mary preventative  effect  on  cardiovascu- 
lar disease.  “One  of  the  criticisms  of  the 
study  is  that  the  average  age  of  the 
women  enrolled  was  63.  If  the  average 
age  at  menopause  is  52,  that  means  that 
these  women  were  estrogen-deficient  for 
approximately  1 0 years.  It’s  possible  that 
they  developed  cardiovascular  disease 
during  that  time,  and  that  may  explain 
the  increased  incidence  of  cardiovascu- 
lar events  seen  in  the  WHI  study,”  she 
said.  Previous  studies  have  shown  that 

" hormone-replacement 
therapy  is  not  one-stop-shop- 
ping  for  women's  health  . . ." 

once  a woman  has  cardiovascular  dis- 
ease, hormone-replacement  therapy  isn’t 
beneficial  and  the  WHI  results  may  have 
confirmed  these  findings.  “It’s  possible 
that  the  WHI  study  didn’t  answer  the 
question  that  it  set  out  to  answer,”  she 
said. 

She  also  noted  that  4 percent  of  the 
subjects  had  coronary  heart  disease 
before  joining  the  study;  the  study  indi- 
cated an  increase  in  such  cardiopul- 
monary ailments  as  coronary  heart  dis- 
ease, stroke  and  blood  clots  among  sub- 
jects who  took  estrogen  and  progestin, 
compared  with  women  taking  placebo 
pills.  In  addition,  Schwartz  said  that  the 
slight  increase  in  risk  for  breast  cancer 
was  “not  statistically  significant,”  and 
the  study  indicated  a reduced  risk  for 
colon  cancer  and  hip  fractures. 

These  various  factors  mean  women 
deciding  whether  to  begin  hormone- 
replacement  therapy  need  to  “consider 


Confusion 


their 
ual 

and 

that  experts  are 
also  confused  by  the 
results,  and  how  to 
apply  them  to  patient 
care,”  Schwartz  said. 

Women  should 
remember  that  quali- 
ty-of~life  issues,  such 
as  hot  flashes,  can 
often  be  helped  by 
estrogen,  she  said, 
adding  that  the  WHI 
study  continues  for  sub- 
jects taking  estrogen 
alone. 

“Hormones  are  a 
nuisance — they  basically 
promote  breast  dis- 
eases,” Estabrook  said. 

The  risk  of  developing  breast  cancer 
increases  for  women  after  they  have 
been  taking  hormones  for  at  least  five 
years,  she  said,  but  the  risk  factor  for 
those  who  take  hormones  for  less  than 
five  years  or  who  stop  taking  them  is 
unknown. 

Goldberg,  a cardiologist  who  says 
she’s  “a  firm  believer  that  hormone- 
replacement  therapy  is  not  one-stop- 
shopping  for  women’s  health,”  said  the 
impact  of  hormones  on  the  heart  is 
mixed.  Estrogen  seems  to  lower  levels  of 
EDL  (the  so-called  “bad  cholesterol”) 
and  maintains  arteries’  flexibility,  she 
said.  But  it  reduces  blood-clotting  pro- 
teins at  the  same  time  that  it  reduces 
natural  blood  thinners,  she  added. 
Progesterone,  meanw'hile,  lowers  levels 
of  HDL,  the  “good  cholesterol.” 

As  alternatives  to  taking  hormones 
for  hot  flashes,  some  women  have 
continued  on  page  8 


\ViXTt:R  2003  Barnard  7 


IHBQUGH  THE  GATES 


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tried  willi  \'ar\ing  degrees  oi  siie- 
cess  naUiral  remedies  siieh  as  son;  a 
\'ariet\'  ol  herbal  prodnels  and  \’itamin 
lb,  said  Kr(.)nenberg,  \\h(.)  adds  thtU  “ibr 
the  proper  dosage  and  other  relex’aiU 
information,  they  should  eonsult  with 
someone  knowledgealtle.”  At  the 
Rosenthal  Clenter,  Kronenberg  heads  a 
study  of  l)lack  eohosh  as  an  herbal  treat- 
ment for  hot  Hashes  and  is  working  on  a 
stndv  comparing  the  efleet  ol  three 
healthy  eating  patterns  on  cardio\-ascn- 
lar  disease,  bone  loss  and  risk  for  breast 
cancer. 

Friedman  talked  about  dejsression 
and  menopanse.  Recnrrences  of  dej^res- 
sion  in  women  tend  to  oecnr  during  hor- 
monal Hnetnations,  which  include 
menopause,  but  a direct  correlation 
between  hormone  le\'els  and  depression 
hasn't  been  established,  she  said. 
Instead,  a woman  may  get  depressed 
because  hot  Hashes  disrupt  her  sleep  or 
the  loss  of  libido  due  to  menopause 
damages  her  self-esteem,  she  said. 

AO 


Fallowing  upon  the  success  of  the  L.A.  Forum  in  2001,  several  hundred  alumnae  and 
parents  in  the  Los  Angeles  area  enjoyed  a lively  discussion  on  December  8 on  “Archi- 
tecture and  Culture,"  lead  by  Stephanie  Barron  'll,  senior  curator,  modern  and  contem- 
porary art,  Los  Angeles  County  Museum  of  Art;  Karen  Fairbanks,  associate  professor  of 
professional  practice  in  architecture  and  chair  of  Barnard's  architecture  program;  and 
architects  Bernardo  Fort-Brescia,  a co-founding  principal,  Arquitectonica;  and  Michael 
Maltzan  of  Michael  Maltzan  Architecture,  Inc.  The  2002  forurn  was  at  the  home  of 
Barnard  parents  Dustin  and  Lisa  Hoffman  {shown  above  with  President  Shapiro). 


THE  FUTURE  OF  FEMINISM  IS  BRIGHT 

The  women's  movement  is  far  from  dead,  historian  says 


When  Estelle  Freedman's  advisor,  Annette 
Baxter,  suggested  that  Freedman  '69,  then  a 
sophomore  history  major,  enroll  in  her  U.S. 
Women's  History  course,  Freedman  replied, 
"No,  I want  to  study  real  history." 

"Later  I had  to  understand  and  rethink  my  priorities  about  why  I'd 
de-valued  women  and  thought  men  were  real  history,"  Freedman  said 
at  Barnard  on  October  1 7.  "It  haunted  me  for  years  why  it  had  taken  so 
long  for  feminism  to  reach  me,  at  all  of  age  22." 

Now  Freedman,  the  Edgar  E.  Robinson  Professor  in  U.S.  History  at 
Stanford  University  and  a founder  of  Stanford's  program  in  feminist 
studies,  considers  herself  an  activist  in  the  educational  arm  of  the  fem- 
inist movement. 

Sponsored  by  the  Barnard  Center  for  Research  on  Women, 
Freedman's  lecture  outlined  what  her  book,  Uo  Turning  Back:  The 
History  of  Feminism  and  the  Future  of  Women  (Ballantine  Books, 
2002),  comprehensively  details;  the  international  momentum  pro- 


pelling feminism  and  contemporary  ideals  of  women’s  legal,  econom- 
ic and  political  rights. 

Despite  what  the  media  have  been  proclaiming  for  30  years, 
feminism  is  alive  and  well,  she  said.  With  thousands  of  grassroots 
organizations  worldwide,  in  countries  ranging  from  Korea  to  Tunisia, 
"women's  movements  have  never  been  so  widespread.  Forget 
the  obituaries  and  read  between  the  lines."  Feminist  movements 
are  resilient  because  they're  constantly  redefining  themselves,  she 
added. 

While  feminism  may  have  internal  critics  domestically  and  inter- 
nationally, "the  women's  movement  is  so  widespread  that  you  simply 
don't  see  the  F-word'  in  print  as  much  as  in  the  1 970s,''  Freedman  said. 
"Women's  stories  are  now  more  mainstream.'' 

Links  to  historical  documents  and  organizations  referred  to  in  No 
Turning  Back,  and  related  sites  suggested  by  readers,  can  be  found  at 
http://noturningback.stanford.edu. 

■— Jennifer  L Hanson 


8 Barnard  \\'i\ I ER  20(13 


PHOTO  BY  LEE  SALEM 


TO  WEAR  A BURQA  OR 
NOT 

Conference  addresses 
challenges  facing 
Afghanistan's  women 

JJ  almost  don't  know  where  to  begin  when  talk- 

ing  about  the  women  of  Afghanistan,"  Eleanor 
Smeal,  president  of  the  Feminist  Majority 
H Foundation,  said  at  the  second  annual  confer- 
wM  ence  of  Women  for  Afghan  Women,  held  at 
Barnard  on  October  19. 

At  the  conference,  co-sponsored  by  the  Barnard  Center  for 
Research  on  Women,  speakers  and  attendees  discussed  issues 
ranging  from  whether  women  should  continue  to  wear  the  tradi- 
tional burqa  to  setting  up  radio  programs  in  Afghanistan  to  teach 
the  largely  illiterate  female  population  about  their  basic  rights. 
The  conference  brought  together  an  extraordinary  group  of  15 
speakers,  many  of  whom  came  from  Afghanistan  or  had  recently 
visited  the  country.  During  the  three  panels — on  human  rights 
and  security,  education  and  health,  and  law  and  governance  in 
Afghanistan— they  reported  their  efforts  to  rebuild  the  nation  and 
ensure  that  women  are  included  in  every  aspect  of  the  country's 
reconstruction. 

One  key  issue  addressed  at  the  conference  was  the  role  of 
Islam  in  Afghanistan's  government.  In  the  keynote  address.  Dr. 
Sima  Samar,  Afghanistan's  human  rights  commissioner,  said  that 
having  a Ministry  of  Women's  Affairs  doesn't  mean  that  women 
have  rights.  The  post  "can  be  used  politically  to  keep  Afghan 
women  silent . . . But  if  there's  no  respect  for  women's  rights,  we 
cannot  have  peace  and  security  anywhere  in  the  world."  Samar 
resigned  from  her  post  as  deputy  premier  and  minister  for 
women's  affairs  with  the  Afghan  Interim  Government,  estab- 
lished in  Bonn  in  2001,  after  she  received  death  threats  and  was 
harassed  for  questioning  the  role  of  Islam  in  government. 

"How  we  help  empower  them  [Afghan  women]  to  find  their 
voices  is  key  if  we  believe  that  women  are  fundamental  in  deter- 
mining the  peace  of  the  world,"  playwright  Eve  Ensler  said  during 
the  human  rights  panel.  "If  we  don't  secure  the  freedoms  and 
rights  of  women,  there  will  be  dreadful  consequences.  We'll  have 
abandoned  the  most  fearless  women  on  the  planet  to  whom 
we've  made  huge  promises." 

—JLH 


BARNARD 

CALENDAR 

WBARadiothon,  February  29,  midnight,  through  March 
8,  midnight.  Fundraiser  by  WEAR  Barnard  College  Radio 
(87.5  FM)  aims  to  raise  enough  money  to  wire  all  Barnard 
residence  halls  to  receive  its  cable-FM  signal.  On-air  per- 
formances by  campus  bands,  interviews.  Pledges  can  be 
made  by  calling  212-854-4773  and  212-854-9944  during 
the  telethon,  w'ww.wbar.org. 

Not  Your  Mother’s  or  Father’s  Workplace:  Shared 
Challenges  and  Opportunities  for  Men,  Women 
and  Organizations,  March  4,  reception  at  6 p.m.,  pres- 
entation at  7 p.m., James  Room,  fourth  floor,  Barnard  Hall. 
Francene  Sussner  Rodgers  ’67,  CEO  of  WFD  (formerly 
Work/Family  Directions)  and  Barnard  trustee,  talks  about 
the  changing  terrain  of  the  workplace.  Sponsored  by  the 
alumnae/i  associations  and  career  offices  of  Barnard,  Bryn 
Mawr/Haverford,  Mount  Holyoke,  Smith,  Vassar  and 
Wellesley.  $20;  call  212-854-2005  to  register. 

The  Barnard  Summit:  Women  and  Health,  April  5, 
9 a.m.  to  4 p.m.,  Ethel  S.  LeFrak  ’41  and  Samuel  J.  LeFrak 
Gymnasium.  Join  President  Judith  Shapiro  and  influential 
health  specialists,  activists,  researchers,  government  leaders 
and  authors  to  take  stock  of  how  changes  in  women’s  lives 
affect  their  healtli  and  how  women’s  health  acts  as  a barom- 
eter for  society’s  well  being.  $65,  including  lunch;  $45  for 
alumnae  from  classes  1993  through  2002;  free  for  students. 
Register  online  at  www.barnard.edu/ summit  or  call 
Esterow  Events,  212-626-6536. 

The  Reid  Lecture:  An  Evening  With  Adrienne  Rich. 

April  15,  7 p.m..  Lower  Level  McIntosh.  The  reading  by 
poet  and  essayist  Rich  is  presented  by  the  Barnard  Center 
for  Research  on  Women  in  conjunction  with  the  Women 
Poets  at  Barnard  series;  212-854-2067. 

How  to  Go  Out  and  Change  the  World:  Women  in 
Media,  Apidl  30,  7 p.m., James  Room,  fourth  floor,  Barnard 
Hall.  Panel  of  distinguished  alumnae  in  media,  co-sponsored 
by  the  Barnard  Center  for  Research  on  Women  and  the 
Alumnae  Association  of  Barnard  College;  212-854-2067. 

For  a complete  listing  of  events  at  Barnard,  visit  us  on  the  Web  at 
WWW.  barnard.  edu  / newnews.  calendar. 


WiM  ER  2003  BARN.4RD  9 


iJROUGH  INE  GATES 


Mothers  of  the  World,  Unite! 

Maternal  feminists  strive  to  increase  the  visibility  of  mothers 


During  a pro\’Ocative  discussion 
at  Barnard  about  motherhood, 
I'enhnist  leaders  and  advocates 
for  an  emerging  motherhood  mo\’e~ 
ment  debated  ways  to  increase  the  vis- 
ilrility  of  mothers,  particularly  ones 
w ho  are  at  home  raising  children. 

Rather  than  send  the  message 
that  childrearing  is  \’alued  less  than  a 
]3aying  job,  society  needs  “to  value 
non-ciuantifiable  [tasks]  like  caring  for 
children,  the  elderly,  one  another  and 
ourselves,”  said  Enola  Aird  ’76,  a 
lawyer,  mother  of  two  and  executive 
director  of  the  Motherhood  Project 
for  the  Institute  for  American  Values,  a 
nonprofit  organization  in  New  York 
that  organized  the  October  29  confer- 
ence with  the  Barnard  Center  for 
Research  on  Women. 

Speakers  and  panelists  included 
Ann  Crittenden,  author  of  The  Price  of 
Motherhood:  ]Vhy  the  Most  Important  Job  in 
the  World  Is  Still  the  Least  Valued  (Owl 
Books,  2002);  Jean  Bethke  Elshtain, 


Laura  Speiman  Rockefeller 
Professor  of  Social  and 
Political  Ethics  at  the 
University  of  Chicago; 

Kim  Gandy,  president  of 
the  National  Organization 
for  Women;  Janet  Gieie, 
professor  of  sociology  at 
Heller  Graduate  School, 

Brandeis  University;  and 
Sylvia  Hewlett,  former 
Barnard  economics  profes- 
sor, founder  of  the 
National  Parenting  Association  and 
author  of  Creating  Life:  Professional 
Women  and  the  Qiiest  for  Children 
(Miramax,  2002). 

As  part  of  the  conference,  the 
Mothers’  Council,  a group  that  advis- 
es the  Motherhood  Project,  issued  a 
“Call  to  a Motherhood  Movement,” 
effectively  a mother’s  bill  of  rights  (the 
full  text  can  be  found  at  www.ameri- 
canvalues.org), 

“A  key  element  of  the  mother- 


hood movement  is  to  push  back  the 
invasion  of  the  money  world  and  rede- 
fine success,”  which  is  often  measured 
by  “how  many  things  you  can  accu- 
mulate, how  much  you  earn  or  how 
much  you  work,”  Aird  said.  “We  have 
to  change  the  work  and  family  debate 
to  a culture  and  family  debate.” 

The  symposium  was  covered  in 
the  Los  Ajigeles  Times  and  JVewsday,  and 
on  National  Public  Radio. 

—MR 


CYBERWATCH:  NOW  PLAYING  AT  A WEB  SITE  NEAR  YOU 


Alumnae  with  a current  e-mail 
address  on  record  with  the 
College  received  a special 
message  from  President 
Judith  Shapiro  in  January  by 
way  of  a new  form  of  electronic  communica- 
tion called  V-mail.  Short  for  video-mail,  v-mails 
are  e-mail  messages  containing  a short  video. 
The  Admissions  Office  kicked  off  this  new 
technology  last  fall  with  a v-mail  to  prospec- 
tive students. 

"We  see  this  as  a dynamic  way  to  keep 
alumnae  informed  of  developments  at  the  Col- 
lege," President  Shapiro  says.  "We  used  this 
first  alumnae  v-mail  as  a way  of  putting  the 
College's  master  plan  in  the  larger  context  of 


the  culture  of  the  Barnard  community.  While 
electronic  communication  permeates  the 
business  and  social  lives  of  younger  alumnae, 


we  have  alumnae  in  every  decade  who  use 
e-mail." 

The  online  alumnae  community  is  grow- 
ing fast,  with  2,482  alumnae  now  registered 
so  they  can  access  the  online  alumnae  direc- 
tory, advertise  their  business  or  service,  take 
advantage  of  Barnard's  permanent  e-mail  for- 
warding service  and  check  their  class 
reunion  plans,  among  other  benefits.  Another 
development  in  the  offing  is  a monthly  elec- 
tronic newsletter  called  Barnard  Bits  B Bytes 
that  will  alert  alumnae  to  events  and  news  on 
Barnard's  Web  site. 

To  register  with  the  online  alumnae  com- 
munity, go  to  www.barnafd.edu/alum. 


10  Barnard  Wix  iER  2003 


SYLLABUS 


15V  A\NE  SCHU  rZBElUlER 


From  Great  “Wen” 

to  World  City 

Deborah  Valenze’s  class  on  the  history  of  London 


f you  liked  Ric  Burns’  documentary  on  the  history  of 
New  York,  chances  are  you’d  love  Deborah  V^alenze’s 
seminar  on  the  history  of  London,  “From  Great  A\’en’ 
to  World  City”  (BC  436()x). 

The  rise  of  a great  city  o\’er  hundreds  of  years  is 
a fascinating,  all-encompassing  subject,  and  Burns 
famously  did  it  justice.  But  while  PBS  \ ie\vers  were  a 
passive  audience  to  the  epic  documentary,  Barnard  and 
Columbia  students  are  vigorous  participants  in  the  epic 
seminar  led  by  Valenze,  professor  of  history.  Seated  around  an 
oblong  table  in  a Barnard  Flail  classroom,  about  15  juniors 
and  seniors,  mostly  history  and  urban  studies  majors,  discuss 
the  lessons  and  implications  of  works  ranging  from  the  1 7th- 
century  diary  of  Samuel  Pepys  (a  gentleman  who  calmly 
chronicled  his  daily  routine  as  the  city  burned  around  him)  to 
the  19th-century  illustrations  of  Gusta\’e  Dore  (whose  con- 
troversial engravings  captured  urban  life,  work  and  misery  in 
Dickensian  detail). 

“Exploring  urban  progress  leads  us  to  all  the  great  themes 


of  European  history,”  says  Valenze,  who  graduated  from 
FIar\’ard  Lhih’ersity,  earned  her  Ph.D.  at  Brandeis  Linh-ersity 
and  has  taught  at  Barnard  since  1989. 

Students  enrolled  in  last  fall’s  seminar  testily  to  the  suc- 
cess and  popularity  of  Valenze’s  approach. 

“I  chose  this  class  because  I heard  Professor  \ alenze  was 
amazing,”  says  urban  studies  major  Emma  Oppcnheim  ’03, 
who  spent  the  spring  of  her  junior  year  at  the  Uni\'ersity'  of 
Edinburgh  and  sought  a deeper  understanding  of  the  history 

continued  on  page  67 


SELECTED  READINGS 


Boswell's  London  Journal: 
1762-1763 

by  James  Boswell  (Yale 
University  Press,  1992) 

The  Pleasures  of  the 
Imagination:  English 
Culture  in  the  Eighteenth 
Century 

by  John  Brewer  (University 
of  Chicago  Press,  2000) 

London:  A Pilgrimage 
by  Gustave  Dore  and 
Blanchard  Jerrold  (Dover 


Publications,  1970) 

The  Family 

by  Buchi  Emecheta 
(George  Braziller,  1990) 

The  Diary  of  a Nobody 
by  George  and  Weedon 
Grossmith  (Oxford 
University  Press,  1998) 

London  at  War:  The 
Making  of  Modern  London, 
1939-1945 

by  Joanna  Mack  and 


Stephen  Humphries 
(Sidgwick  & Jackson,  1985) 

Diary 

by  Samuel  Pepys 
(University  of  California 
Press,  2001) 

London,  A Social  History 

by  Roy  Porter  (Harvard 
University  Press,  1998) 

Love  and  Toil:  Motherhood 
in  Outcast  London,  1870- 
1918 


by  Ellen  Ross  (Oxford 
University  Press,  1997) 

London  1900:  The  Imperial 
Metropolis 

by  Jonathan  Schneer  (Yale 
University  Press,  1999) 

City  of  Dreadful  Delight: 
Narratives  of  Sexual 
Danger  in  Late-Victorian 
London 

by  Judith  Walkowitz 
(University  of  Chicago 
Press,  1992) 


\\  i\'n,R  2003  Barnard  1 1 


MCES:  SHAPING  THE  FUTURE  AT  BARNARD 

■'  ^ 


Working  for  Women 

Rodgers  Fellowships  to  Support  Students  Interested  in  Women’s  Policy 


ill  want  In  gi\'e  Barnard  students  the  chance  to  learn 
H lirsthand  how  women  are  affected  by  a \'ariety  of 
■ social  policy  decisions,  most  often  differently  than 
men  -and  I don’t  think  they  can  do  that  exclusix'cly  in  the 
classroom,”  says  Francene  Snssner  Rodgers  '67,  the  founder 
of  W’f'D,  Inc.,  and  a Barnard  trustee.  “I’hey  also  have  to  be 
in  the  trendies.” 

Her  philosophy  is  the  guiding  principle  behind  the 
Francene  Rodgers  ’67  Fellowship  in  Women’s  Public  Policy, 
which  Rodgers  recently  established  with  a six-figure  gift  to  the 
College.  Modeled  on  similar  fellowships  for  students  in  the 
physical  sciences,  the  inno\’ative  program  encourages  both 
hands-on  learning  and  substantix’e  research  in  social  policy. 

E\'ery  year,  1 0 promising jimiors  will  be  awarded  Rodgers 
Fellowships.  The  students  will  complete  summer  internships 


President  Judith  Shapiro  presenting  Francene  Sussner 
Rodgers  ’67  with  the  Woman  of  Achievement  Award 
during  Reunion  2002  in  recognition  of  her  dedication 
to  the  advancement  of  women  in  the  workplace. 

at  organizations  dedicated  to  women’s  issues,  and  during  her 
senior  year,  each  Rodgers  Fellow  will  draw  on  her  experience 
to  prepare  a paper  or  thesis.  During  the  spring  semester,  the 


fellows  will  present  their  research  at  a special  symposium. 

Women’s  policy  has  always  been  a chief  concern  of 
Rodgers.  In  1983,  she  founded  WFD,  Inc.  (formerly 

Work/Family  Directions), 
which  offers  consulting  ser- 
vices to  companies  seeking 
to  increase  employee  reten- 
tion and  productivity,  par- 
ticularly through  family- 
conscious programs  and 
policies.  Because  of  her 
commitment  to  creating 
supportive  working  environ- 
ments for  parents,  Rodgers 
was  named  one  of  the  25 
most  influential  working 
mothers  in  America  by  Working  Mother  magazine. 

Rodgers  believes  that  despite  recent  gains  for  women  in 
society  and  in  the  workplace,  inequality  persists.  “It  seems  that 
no  matter  how  high  up  women  go  in  the  organizational  struc- 
ture, they  still  lack  access  to  important  decisions,”  she  says. 
“Women  have  a much  easier  time  getting  good  work  and  being 
accepted  as  equals  than  they  did  when  I graduated.  But  there 
are  still  too  many  places  where  women  are  not  involved  in  key 
decisions.” 

In  her  view,  the  increasing  demand  on  workers’  time  is 
another  problem  that  disproportionately  impacts  women. 
“Wo’ve  made  a lot  of  progress  in  terms  of  enhancing  individ- 
ual autonomy  and  flexibility  in  the  workplace.  But  frankly,  the 
increase  in  work  hours  trumps  all  of  these  advantages. 
Women  are  the  biggest  victims  of  this,  because  they  tend  to 
have  more  family  responsibilities.” 

Rodgers  believes  the  fellowship  program  will  offer  valu- 
able experience  to  all  Barnard  students,  regardless  of  their 
career  goals.  “It  doesn’t  matter  if  you  are  a doctor,  a lawyer, 
a teacher,  or  a mom  at  home,”  she  says.  “A  better  under- 
standing of  the  issues  affecting  all  women  helps  you  to  better 
understand  your  own  experience  and  the  changes  that  need 
to  be  made  in  society.”  — Amy  E.  Hughes 


There  are  still  too 

MANY  PLACES  WHERE 
WOMEN  ARE  NOT 
INVOLVED  IN  KEY 
DECISIONS. 

— ^Francene 
Sussner  Rodgers 


12  Barnard  Winter  200: 


PHOTO  BY  LYNN  SAVILLE 


MEET  THE  PARENTS 

For  Richard  Eaton  and  Susan  Henshaw-Jones, 

Barnard  is  a family  matter,  d'heir  daughter  Alice  is  a 
sophomore,  and  daughter  Liza  will  join  the  Class  of 
2007  this  fall.  The  proud  parents  couldn’t  be  happier. 
“Barnard  is  the  best  of  all  possible  worlds,”  says  Henshaw- 
Jones.  ‘‘Alice  is  ha\  ing  a micro-experience  that  rh  als  that  of 
a rural  school — a very  warm,  supportive 
emironment  w'here  young  women  connect 
to  each  other  and  to  their  teachers.  But  she 
is  also  ha\ang  a macro-experience,  with  all 
of  the  resources  of  New  York  City  at  her 
hngertips.” 

Their  enthusiasm  about  the  College 
prompted  them  to  signal  their  support  by 
making  charitable  contributions  to  The 
Barnard  Fund.  They  also  plan  to  host  e\  ents 
where  other  Barnard  parents  and  donors  can 
learn  about  the  importance  of  being 
invoK’ed.  “I  think  Barnard  needs  to  come  to 
the  forefront  in  terms  of  gathering  financial  support  on  an 
ongoing  basis,”  Henshaw Jones  explains.  “.And  I’m  happy  to  be 
part  of  a group  of  parents  from  .Alice’s  class — and  soon,  from 
Liza’s  class — ^who  are  pulling  together  to  promote  and  support 
the  school.” 


College  because  their  daughter  Marley,  a sophomore,  is  so 
positive  about  her  experience.  'I’his  connection  insjtires  them 
to  make  a generotis  gift  to  The  Barnard  Fund  each  year.  As 
Jan  Lewis  explains,  “I  ha\  e seen  Marley  navigate  these  last  tw(j 
years  with  a sense  of  confidence  and  wonder.  As  her  parent, 
I,  too,  am  ha\ing  the  ‘Barnard  experience.’  I \-olunteer  my 
time  to  Barnard,  Itut  I know  that  our  finan- 
cial support  is  the  best  imestmcnt  we  can 
make  not  only  for  our  daughter,  but  also  for 
other  young  Barnard  women.” 

Frances  Rogers,  whose  daughter 
Jennifer  graduated  in  2002,  dedicates  time 
and  energy'  to  the  Parents  Fund  Committee 
and  offers  financial  support  to  the  College.  “I 
thought  to  myself,  ‘\Vhy  not  get  in\'ol\'ed, 
since  it  was  such  a positi\e  experience  for 

— Frances  Rogers  Jennifer?’  I ha\'e  really  enjoyed  working  on 

the  committee,  and  I look  forward  to  con- 
tinuing to  support  Barnard.”  She  and  her 
husband,  Kenneth  Rogers,  recently  established  a scholar- 
ship fund  in  honor  of  Jennifer.  “A  lot  of  bright  students  don’t 
have  the  opportunity  to  go  to  a place  like  Barnard,  and  we 
wanted  to  support  them  by  endowing  a scholarship,”  she  says. 
However  they  demonstrate  their  support,  these  parents 


I THOUGHT  TO  MYSELF, 

'Why  not  get  involved, 

SINCE  IT  WAS  SUCH  A 
POSITIVE  EXPERIENCE  FOR 

Jennifer?' 


PA  '02 


Jan  Lewis  and  her  daughter 
Marley  I-ewis  ’05. 


Kenneth  and  Frances  Rogers  with 
their  daughter  Jennifer  at 
Commencement  2002. 


Susan  Henshaw  Jones  and  her 
daughter  Alice  Eaton  ’05. 


Parents  are  among  Barnard’s  most  dedicated  champions. 
They  support  the  College  through  donations  to  The  Barnard 
Fund  or  through  larger  gifts  that  target  specific  areas  of  need, 
such  as  scholarships  or  campus  improvements.  Some  offer 
internships  or  employ'ment  opportunities  for  Barnard  students 
and  alumnae  through  the  Office  of  Career  De\’elopment. 
Others  join  the  Parents  Fund  Committee  in  an  effort  to  edu- 
cate parents  about  the  importance  of  giving  to  Barnard. 

Daniel  and  Jan  Lewis  feel  a strong  connection  to  the 


share  a deep  appreciation  of  their  daughters’  educational 
e.xperience.  “Barnard  is  fostering  and  supporting  the  inde- 
pendence of  spirit  in  my  daughter  that  was  always  there,”  says 
Henshaw-Jones.  “And  for  that  reason,  I’m  fully  behind  it.” 

For  more  information  abotit  how  parents  can  support 
Barnard,  visit  wwvv.barnard.edu/parents  or  contact  Bob 
Tupper  in  the  Office  of  Development  by  phone  (2 1 2-854-200 1 
or  toll-free  866-257-1889)  or  e-mail  (parents@barnard.edu). 

~AEH 


Winter  2003  Barnard  13 


Lasting  Legacies 


Four  recent  becjuests  will  increase  student  financial  aid 
and  cieate  a science  fellows  program  at  the  Clollege.  A 
Ireciuest  from  Elizabeth  Stemple  ’25  of  more  than  $2 
million  will  establish  the  Elizabeth  Stemple  Memorial  Fund 
to  pro\'ide  students  with  scholarships.  Dorothy  Brockway 
Osborne  ’19,  a former  alumnae  trustee  who  also  serx’ed  as 
class  president,  bec|ueathed  $50( ),()()()  to  the  College  to  sup- 
plement the  Dorothy  Brockway  Osborne  ’19  Scholarship 
Fund  and  to  prcwide  funds  for  immediate  use  wherec'er 
Barnard’s  need  is  greatest.  A $5(J(J,()UU  gift  from  Jurodin 
Fund,  Inc.,  the  charitable  foundation  established  by  the  late 
Julius  Siher,  will  expand  the  Roslyn  S.  Sih-er  ’27  Scholarship 
Fund  and  endow  the  RosKm  S.  SiK’er  ’27  Science  Fellows 
Fund,  which  will  bring  distinguished  women  scientists  to 
campus  for  special  ex'ents  and  collocpiia  with  Sih'er  Scholars. 
.\nd  Margaret  Wadds  ’31  established  the  George  and 
Henriette  Wadds  Scholarship  Fund  in  memory  of  her  par- 
ents with  a bequest  of  $207,000. 

Couples  who  wish  to  benefit  two  educational  institutions 
through  a planned  gift  often  opt  for  a charitable  remainder 
unitrust.  A unitrust  recently  established  by  Norma 


Tulgan  ’58  will  not  only  endow  a sizable  scholarship  fund  at 
Barnard,  but  also  support  husband  Henry  Tulgan’s  alma 
mater,  Amherst  College.  Similarly,  Barnard  and  Colorado 
College  will  be  the  beneficiaries  of  a sLx-figure  unitrust  creat- 
ed by  Caroline  Duncombe  Pelz  ’40  and  Edward  Pelz, 
which  they  established  with  a gift  of  appreciated  real  estate. 

For  many  alumnae,  Reunion  is  not  only  a time  to  reflect 
and  reconnect,  but  also  an  opportunity  to  give  back  to 
Barnard.  Two  such  alumnae  recently  celebrated  landmark 
Reunions  by  establishing  charitable  gift  annuities  at  the 
College.  In  anticipation  of  her  70th  Reunion,  Grace  lijima 
’33,  a retired  librarian  w-ith  the  New  York  Public  Library,  has 
created  a charitable  annuity,  and  Mary  Louise  Hannigan 
’47,  a former  public  relations  professional,  marked  her  55th 
Reunion  by  establishing  her  second  annuity  at  Barnard. 

To  learn  more  about  the  benefits  of  planned  giving,  con- 
tact Stephanie  Adams  or  Heidi  Williamson  in  the  Office  of 
Development  by  phone  (212-854-2001  or  toll-free  866-257- 
1889)  or  e-mail  (plannedgiving@barnard.edu),  or  visit 
www.barnard.edu/giving  (click  on  “Planned  Giving”). 

—AEH 


HOLIDAY  CHEER 


Hosts  David  and  Karen 
Fleiss  ’68  with  President 
Judith  Shapiro  (center). 


Left  to  right:  Patricia 
Harrigan  Nadosy  ’68, 
Ari  Brose  Orr  ’84  and 
Jacqueline Johnston 
Hoffntan  ’92. 


Rosemary  Frankel 
Furman  ’58  (left)  and 
Elaine  Schlozman 
Chapnick  ’61. 


Ethel  Stone  LeErak  ’41 
(right)  with  President 
Judith  Shapiro. 


To  celebrate  Barnard’s  most  generous  supporters,  trustee  Karen  Fleiss  ’68  and  her  husband  David  Fleiss  hosted  a fes- 
ti\-e  holiday  party  at  their  Manhattan  home  on  December  3.  Their  guests — Barnard  alumnae,  parents,  and  friends  who 
contribute  at  the  Iphigene  Ochs  Sulzberger  Society  level  and  above  and  Dean’s  Circle  (young  alumnae)  donors — enjoyed 
songs  ol  the  season  by  Barnard’s  a cappella  group  Bacchantae  and  were  warmly  thanked  by  President  Judith  Shapiro  and  the 
chair  ol  d’he  President’s  Circle,  Anna  Quindlen  ’74.  — AEH 


14  Barnard  fVixiF.R  2003 


PHOTOS  BY  LYNN  SAVILLE 


BOOKS,  ETC. 


bv,]i:a\  tanc; 


Singin’  a Different  Tune 

TO  most  people,  college  represents  a major  life 
turning  point.  To  Michelle  Lewis  ’90,  it  signified 
a brief  departure  from  her  destiny.  The  child  of 
a singer  and  well-known  jazz  musician,  Lewis 
began  her  music  resume  at  an  early  age,  record- 


ingjingles  for  Hasbro  at  age  5.  “I  was  in  [New  York]  every  day 
after  school,  doing  recording  sessions.  A lot  of  my  friends  were 
other  music  kids,”  she  says.  But  being  a protegee  is  exhaust- 
ing. “When  I was  17,1  was  done  with  the  music  thing.  I want- 
ed to  be  a shrink.” 

As  Lewis  considers  music  “completely  obsessing,”  gh'ing 
it  up  when  she  came  to  Barnard  seemed  natural.  “For  two 
years,  I didn’t  do  anything  music-related,”  she  says.  But,  “I 
totally  missed  it.”  So  she  joined  Bacchantae,  Barnard’s  a cap- 
pella  group.  After  graduation,  Lewis  scored  an  astounding 
coup:  BMG  Songs,  the  global  music  publishing  division  of 
Bertelsmann  AG,  signed  her  as  a songwriter. 

The  BMG  contract  allowed  Lewis  to  write  for  artists  such 
as  Cher  and  Amy  Grant,  whose  performances  of  songs  Lewis 
wrote  have  won  international  awards.  It  also  paid  the  bills 
while  Lewis  experimented,  forming  a girl  band  in  which  mem- 
bers rotated  instruments.  “We  called  it  Big  Panty,”  she  says 
with  a laugh.  Lewis,  a pianist  by  training,  was  the  band’s  lead 
guitarist.  “I’ve  never  gotten  such  big  sound  in  my  life.  I sud- 
denly understood  how  teenage  boys  feel.” 

Lewis  went  on  to  record  two  acclaimed  solo  CDs — 
Giant/Warner’s  “Little  Leviathan”  and  the  independently 
produced  “Letters  Out  Loud.”  Both  embody  a pop-folk  aes- 
thetic, combining  Lewis’  breathy,  soaring  voice  with  eerie, 
lonely  heart  lyrics.  She’s  now  taking  a break  from  performing 
while  continuing  to  write  and  record,  eagerly  awaiting  the 
return  of  singer-songwriters  to  the  forefront  of  pop  music.  “It 
was  the  time  of  Britney  Spears — Lilith  Fair  was  done,”  Lewis 
says,  of  the  music  scene  four  years  ago.  “Now,  it’s  wide  open.” 
She’s  currently  collaborating  with  two  singer-songw^riters  on 
an  album,  and  describes  the  group  as  “a  female  Crosby,  Stills 
& Nash.” 


Michelle  Lewis  ’90  muses  on  the  music  industry. 


“If  you  ha\  e an  idea  for  a story  or  song,  you  can’t  predict 
when  it’s  going  to  come,”  she  says.  ‘Abu  can’t  stop  and  put  it 
on  hold.” 


PHOTO  BY  MELENIE  NISSEN 


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Fiametta 

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by  Rlizaljeth  Burns  ’8 1 
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Delusion 

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I'or  Hallie  Ephron  Touger  ’69 
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St.  Martin’s  Minotaur,  2002, 
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Oradell  at  Sea 

by  Meredith  Sue  W'illis  ’69 
West  Virginia  University  Press, 
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The  Interpreter 
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Good  Girls  Gone  Bad 
byjillian  Medoff  "85 
William  Morrow,  2002,  $24.95 

Trio  Sonata 

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Angels  in  the  Morning 

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General  Nonfiction 


Architectural  Body 

by  Madeline  Gins  .Arakawa  ’62 
Linit’ersity  of  .Alabama  Press, 
2002,  $19.95 

Martha  Washington; 

First  Lady  of  Liberty 

by  Helen  Webster  Bryan  ’67 
John  \\'iley  & Sons,  Inc.,  2002, 
$30 


My  Father’s  Ghost;  The 
Return  of  My  Old  Man 
and  Other  Second 
Chances 

by  Suzy  McKee  Charnas  ’6 1 
Jeremy  P.  Tarcher/Putnam, 
2002,  $23.95 


Business  Owner’s  Tax 
Savings  and  Financing 
Deskbook  2003 

by  Dorinda  Johanson 
DeScherer  ’69,  Terence  Myers 
.Aspen  Publishers,  2002,  $175 

COBRA  Handbook  2003 
liy  Dorinda  Johanson 
DeScherer  ’69  et  al. 

.Aspen  Publishers,  2003,  $199 

Employee  Benefits  Answer 
Book  (seventh  edition) 
by  Dorinda  Johanson 
DeScherer  ’69,  Terence  Myers 
.Aspen  Publishers,  2003,  $165 

How'  to  Marry  a 
Divorced  Man 
by  Leslie  Greenbaum  Fram  ’84 
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Economics  as  an  Evolu- 
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by  .Arthur  E.  Gandolfi,  Anna 
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Transaction  Publishers,  2002, 
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True  Genius;  The  Life  and 
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The  Only  Winner  of  Two 
Nobel  Prizes  in  Physics 
by  Lillian  Hartmann  Hodder- 
son  ’6 1 and  Vicki  Daitch 
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The  Drawings  of  Stefano 
da  Verona  and  his  Circle 
atnd  the  Origins  of  Col- 
lecting in  Italy 
by  E\’clyn  Farber  Karet  ’59 
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Majolica;  A Complete 
History  and  Illustrated 
Survey 

by  Marilyn  G.  Karmason  ’49 
with  Joan  B.  Stacke 
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Protecting  Psychiatric 
Patients  and  Others  from 
the  Assisted-Suj,cide 
Movement:  Insights  and 
Strategies 

by  Barbara  Rand  01e\itch  ’68 
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ference When  You  Can’t 
Find  Your  Keys 
by  Marilyn  Paul  ’74 
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Spartan  Women 
by  Sarah  Pomeroy  ’57 
Oxford  University  Press,  2002, 
$19.95/$65 

Memory  in  Literature: 
From  Rousseau  to  Neuro- 
science 

by  Suzanne  Naibantian 
Reynolds  ’7 1 


16  Barnard  WiMT.R  201)3 


SPARTAN 

WOMEN 


SARAH  B.  POME  ROY 


St.  Martin’s  Press/Palgrav'e, 
2003,  $62 

Russel  Wright:  Creating 
American  Lifestyle 

by  Donald  Albrecht,  Lindsay 
Stamm  Shapiro  ’70  et  al. 
Harry  N.  Abrams,  2001,  $35 

Carnal  Knowledge  and 
Imperial  Power:  Race  and 
the  Intimate  in  Colonial 
Rule 

by  Ann  Laura  Stoler  ’72 
University  of  California  Press, 
2002,  $2L95/$54.95 


The  Contemplative  Soul: 
Hebrew  Poetry  and  Philo' 
sophical  Theory  in 
Medieval  Spain 
by  Adena  Tanenbaum  ’8 1 
Leiden/Boston/Kolnn:  BrUl 
Academic  Publishing,  2002, 
$112 


Books  for  Chiloren 
ANO  Young  People 


Coco  Butta  Kids:  Crossin’ 
Paths 

by  Madlturi  Pa\’amani 
Blaylock  ’93 

Paper  Tigers  Publishing,  Inc., 
2002,  $12.99 
Available  through 
WWW.  cocobuttakids.  com 

Railroads  of  the  West 

(part  of  The  Ameiican  West  series) 
by  Hannah  Strauss 
Magram  ’75 

Mason  Crest  Publishers,  2003, 
$19.95 


Faculty  Books 


L’italiano  con  I’opera 

by  Daniela  Noe,  senior  associ- 
ate, Italian  department,  and 
Frances  A.  Boyd 
Yale  University’  Press,  2002, 
$35 


Exhisitions 


70  Up 

photographs  and  inten'iews  by 
Jessica  Chornesky  ’85  (featured 
in  the  Fall  2002  issue  of 
Barnard  magazine) 

Museum  of  the  City  of  New 
York 

March  8 through  June  8 


Women  of  Mystery, 

Men  of  Prophecy: 
Biblical  Images 
( )il  paintings  (below) 
by  Janet  Schreier  Shafner  ’53 
Lyman  ,\llyii  Art  Museum, 
New  London,  Conn. 
Through  June  8 


A Time  for  Peace 

Paintings  by  Wendy  ^V’hite  ’81 
and  Roland  Ruocco 
New  Light  Gallery,  Lauderdale 
by  the  Sea,  Fla. 


Theater 


Knowing  Cairo 

by  Andrea  Stolowitz  '94 
Old  Globe  Theater, 

San  Diego,  Calif 
Opening  April  2003 


CDs/Performances 


We’re  Stuck 

Stuck,  featuring  Chisa  Hidaka 
’86  et  al. 

Sticky  Mess  Music,  2002 


FILM 


Secret  Lives:  Hidden  Chil- 
dren & Their  Rescuers 
During  World  War  II 

co-produced  and  written  by- 
Toby  Freilich  Appleton  '80 
2002,  wvwv.secretlives.org 


CORRECTION:  Barbara  Loven- 
heim  ’62  is  the  author,  not  the  co- 
editor, as  reported  in  the  Fall  issue, 
of  Sur\  i\  al  in  the  Shadows: 
Seven  Jews  Hidden  in  Hitler’s 
Berlin.  The  book  will  be  published 
in  the  United  States  in  March  by 
Wiyne  State  University  Press 
($16.95/ $29.95).  lie  regret  the 
error. 


Calliiug  All 
Writers,  Musicians, 
Playwrights, 
Singers,  Artists  and 
Performers 

Is  your  play  being  pro- 
duced? Is  your  art  on  dis- 
play at  a gallery?  Ha\’e  you 
recorded  a CD?  Did  you 
just  publish  a book?  Let  us 
know,  and  we’ll  share  the 
news  in  this  section!  (Be 
sure  to  fill  us  in  on  the 
details — where,  when,  how- 
much,  etc.)  Contact  Lori 
Segal,  associate  editor, 
Barnard  magazine.  Ise- 
gai(@barnard.edu.  Send  a 
rcN’iew-  copy-  of  your  book 
or  C!D  to  Lori  Segal  at 
Barnard  magazine,  Barnard 
College.  3009  Broadway. 
New  York,  NY,  10027- 
6598. 


W’lx  i'ER  2003  Barnard  1 / 


i^ERFORMING 

PLUS 

INTELLECTUAL 

RIGOR: 

BARNARD'S 

UNIOUE 

DANCE 

DEPARTMENT 


BY  Merri  Rosenberg  *78 
Photos  by  Diane  Bondareff  '90 


ARNARl)  DANCE  STUDENTS  ARE  FOLLOW- 
ING IN  SOME  EXTRAORDINARY  FOOTSTEPS 
AS  PHEY  PURSUE  A RIGOROUS  PROGILAM  OF 
academic:  Sl'UDY,  TECHNICAL  DANCE  TILAINING 
AND  PERFORMING. 


From  left  to  right,  luicola  Bullock  05,  Laura  Paisley  05  and 
Carolyn  Olson  '05  perform  "Simplicity,"  which  Laura  choreographed, 
at  a November  22  student  showcase  at  Miller  Theatre. 


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“It’s  not  unusual  for  students  to  be 
cast  for  two  to  four  works  a year  by  guest 
choreographers,”  says  Janet  Soares, 
department  chair.  For  example,  as  a first- 
year  student,  Rebecca  Kovacs  Warner 
CC  ’05  was  cast  in  a Jamie  Bishton  piece 


performed  at  Miller  Theatre.  Last  fall,  she 
performed  with  that  choreographer  as  a 
dancer  in  a concert  at  Joyce  SoHo,  a 
dance  performance  space  that’s  owned 
and  operated  by  The  Joyce  Theater. 

L’nder  its  agreement  with  Columbia, 


Barnard  olfers  all  the  dance  training  and 
course  work  for  the  di\'isions  of  the  Lini- 
versity,  including  Columbia  College  and 
the  School  of  General  Studies. 

“Dance  is  one  of  the  signature  pro- 
grams of  the  College,”  says  Pi  o\  ost  Eliza- 


W'lN  TER  2003  Barnard  1 9 


belh  Boylan,  “We’re  making  the  best  use 
()['  our  location  in  New  York  Caty, 
arguably  the  dance  capital  of  the  world. 
1 he  opportunities  we  ha\'e  to  attract  stu- 
dents, technic|ue  faculty  and  guest  cho- 
reographers are  unparalleled.  \ Ve  ofTer  a 
distincti\'e  Bachelor  of  Arts  degree  in 
dance,  and  that’s  something  that’s  very 
imjrortant  to  the  mission  of  the  CJollege.” 

'There  are  currently  35  majors  and 
12  minors  registered  in  the  department, 
and  some  l,4lH)  students  from  through- 


“We  don’t  have  to  sacrifice  our  technicjue 
to  pursue  our  academic  interests.  Also, 
what  makes  the  classes  truly  special  is  the 
intellectual  stimulation  in  the  studio.” 

For  years,  students  took  dance  class- 
es through  the  physical  education 
department — as  there  was  no  dance 
department — and  then  through  the 
dance  program  created  in  the  1970s  as 
part  of  the  Program  in  the  Arts.  The 
independent  dance  major  was  estab- 
lished at  Barnard  in  1 988  and  approved 


great  range  in  the  kinds  of  things  stu- 
dents are  working  on,  which  tends  to 
serve  the  indnidual.  Our  students  are  tal- 
ented and  academically  gifted  young 
women  and  men  who  really  want  to 
dance,  and  many  of  them  will  go  on  to 
shape  their  own  futures  in  dance.” 

To  better  acknowledge  contribu- 
tions of  such  professors  who  have  a foot, 
literally,  in  each  world,  the  department 
created  the  position  of  professor  of  pro- 
fessional practice  a few  years  ago.  The 


...  some  1,400  students  from  throughout  the 
University  take  classes  each  year  from  the 
department's  impressive  array  of  offerings. 


out  the  Uni\’ersity  take  dance  classes 
each  year.  Dance  technic|ue  courses 
include  ballet  (up  to  Le\’el  VI,  a pre-pro- 
fessional le\’el),  modern  (also  up  to  Level 
\’I),  jazz,  tlamenco,  tap,  African,  Latin 
American  and  Caribbean.  Academic 
courses  include  dance  repertory;  compo- 
sition and  history;  one  fa\'orite  academ- 
ic offering  is  “Dance  in  New  York  City,” 
which  gh’es  students  opportunities  to 
attend  dance  performances  in  the  city. 

With  such  depth  and  so  many  cours- 
es taught  by  professional  dancers — 
including  /Vllegra  Kent,  a former  princi- 
pal dancer  with  the  New  York  City 
Ballet-  the  department  attracts  students 
such  as  Anne  Kelly  ’04,  who  attended 
the  School  of  American  Ballet  (the  offi- 
cial school  of  the  New  York  City  Ballet) 
Irom  ages  13  to  18.  Anne,  who  is  double 
majoring  in  English,  is  amazed  by 
Barnard’s  program.  “Dancers  at 
Barnard  can  continue  to  train  at  an 
advanced  le\'el  of  technicjue,”  she  says. 


in  1992  at  the  School  of  General  Stud- 
ies and  in  1993  at  Columbia  College. 

“I  ahvays  felt  that  we  needed  more 
than  just  studio  classes  in  technique — we 
needed  to  have  theoretical  courses,  and 
courses  in  dance  history  and  composi- 
tion,” says  Sandra  Center,  who  has 
chaired  the  dance  department  and 
began  her  career  at  Barnard  in  1961 
with  the  physical  education  department. 
“Each  administration  at  the  College  has 
been  \’ery  supportive  of  the  department, 
which  is  natural  to  have  in  New  York — 
there  are  excellent  resources,  such  as  The 
New  York  Public  Library  for  the  Per- 
forming Arts,  Dorothy  and  Lewis  B. 
Cullman  Center,  fine  choreographers, 
excellent  dancers  and  teachers,  many 
studios  and  many  genres  and  styles  of 
dance  in  the  city.” 

Unlike  a dance  conservatory, 
Barnard  offers  students  the  opportunity 
to  explore  different  aspects  of  the  art 
form  in  depth,  Soares  says.  “There’s  a 


position  is  designed  to  “bring  my  expert- 
ise and  passion  for  my  work,  my  belief  in 
dance  as  a necessary  and  important 
aspect  of  life”  to  Barnard’s  dance  stu- 
dents, says  Donlin  Foreman,  associate 
professor  of  professional  practice  in 
dance.  Foreman  danced  with  the  Martha 
Graham  Dance  Company  for  20  years 
and  now  has  his  own  dance  company, 
Buglisi/Foreman.  Mindy  Aloff,  assistant 
professor  of  professional  practice  in 
dance,  teaches  courses  in  dance  history 
and  criticism  and  has  written  extensive- 
ly about  dance  for  publications  including 
The  Nation  and  The  New  York  Times. 

“Barnard  is  about  producing  an 
intelligent  dancer,”  says  Rhonda  Rubin- 
son  ’80,  the  department’s  technical  direc- 
tor. “Choreographers  come  in  and  tell  us 
that  these  students  are  unbelievably 
smart,  and  that  they  engage  in  a way 
that’s  not  common  among  other 
dancers.” 

Dance  alumnae  could  fill  many 


20  Barnard  Wi.vi'f.r  2003 


Jamie  Scott  '05  and  classmates  in  a mat-based  Pilates  exercise  during  "Modern  IV;  High  Intermediate  Modern  Dance,"  taught  by  Ted  Thomas,  an 
associate  in  the  dance  department. 


stages.  .Among  those  who  have  become 
professional  dancers  and  returned  to 
teach  on  campus  are  Mary  Lisa  Burns 
’77,  Jennifer  Emerson  ’97,  Xina  Hen- 
nessey ’79,  Nathalie  Jonas  '98,  Margaret 
Morrison  ’83  and  Elizabeth  Pearlman  '01 . 

.AJunmae  who  ha\  e danced  profes- 
sionally include  Marjorie  Folkman  '91 
and  June  Omura  ’86,  both  with  the 
Mark  Morris  Dance  Group;  Derry  Swan 
’92,  a dancer  with  the  Merce  Cunning- 
ham Dance  Company;  Maydelle  Eason 
’92,  who  danced  with  Merce  Cunning- 
ham and  the  Eyon  Opera  Ballet;  and 
Ellen  Sirot  ’85,  a guest  artist  with  Peter 
Pucci  Plus  Dancers.  And  then  there’s 
modern  dance  innov  ator,  Twyla  Tharp 
’63,  who,  most  recently,  conceived, 
directed  and  choreographed  “Movin’ 
Out,”  the  Broadway  musical  based  on 
songs  by  Billv  joel. 

Alumnae  writing  about  dance 
include  Eynn  Garafola  ’68,  who  teaches 
dance  history  courses  at  Barnard,  Arlene 


Croce  ’55,  a longtime  theatrical  dance 
critic  for  The  Mew  Torker  and  Tobi  Bern- 
stein Tobias  ’59,  former  dance  critic  at 
Mew  York  magazine.  Dance  is  central  to 
Katharine  (Kitty)  Spalding  Cunningham 
’57  and  her  daughters,  Sasha  Cunning- 
ham Anawalt  ’79  and  Katharine  Cun- 
ningham Darst  ’79:  Kitty  is  a dance  crit- 
ic, teacher  and  author  of  Conversations 
with  a Dancer  (St.  Martin’s  Press,  1980), 
Katharine  performed  at  Barnard  and 
Sasha  is  a dance  critic  and  author  of  The 
JoJfrey  Ballet:  Robert  JoJfrey  and  the  Making  of 
an  American  Dance  Company  (Lhiiversity  of 
Chicago  Press,  1997). 

For  alumnae  who  hav’e  remained 
involved  in  dance,  Barnard’s  rigorous 
intellectual  grounding,  as  w’ell  as  techni- 
cal training,  has  served  them  well.  Many 
have  turned  to  teaching  and  academia, 
as  well  as  publishing. 

“Barnard  has  a reputation  as  an 
intellectually-stimulating  place,”  says 
Carol  Hess  ’75,  chair  of  the  dance 


dejrartment  at  the  Lhiiversitv"  of  Mary- 
land, Baltimore  Cotinty.  Hess,  who  had 
planned  to  major  in  math,  took  dance 
classes  at  Barnard  and  traveled  to  Eng- 
land after  her  sophomore  year  with  Janet 
Soares  and  members  of  her  dance  com- 
panv'.  After  graduating,  she  danced  with 
choreographers  including  .Soares  and 
Hannah  Kahn,  and  developed  a solo  tap 
dance  career. 

Holly  Williams  '79,  who  danced 
with  Mark  Morris  Dance  Group  and  was 
a dance  critic  for  The  Dallas  Morning 
Mews,  says,  “Barnard  was  the  perfect 
place  to  be.  All  those  peripheral  classes 
outside  dance,  like  Elaine  Pagels’  religion 
class,  are  important  to  the  dancer  and 
choreographer — it’s  whoever  inspires 
you,  no  matter  what  the  subject,”  says 
W illiams,  now  a choreographer,  assistant 
professor  of  dance  at  the  Lhiiversity  of 
Texas  at  Austin  and  contributor  to  The 
Mew  York  Times. 

In  addition  to  pursuing  celebrated 


WiNTKR  2003  Barnard  21 


Ciii'i-fi's  in  till-  world  of  dance,  nian\' 
odicr  alumnae  embraced  iheir  passion 
for  dance  at  Barnard  and,  after  gradtia- 
ti(jn.  hajrpily  incorporated  elements  of 
their  training  into  a \'ariety  ol  fields, 
incltiding  law,  medicine  and  Itusiness. 

When  Pamela  Cfroomes  Harris  ’88 
entered  Barnard,  she  was  “torn  between 
attending  Barnard  and  joining  lire  Ailey 
School.”  She  chose  Barnard,  where  she 
majored  in  economics  and  minored  in 
datice.  After  graditating,  she  pursued  a 
career  in  banking  and  is  now  a market- 
ing program  manager  for  J.R  Morgan 
Cihase. 

Still,  Harris  feels  that  her  dance 
training  supports  her  in  her  current 


endeavors.  “Dance  definitely  helps,”  she 
.sa)'s.  “1  performed  at  Barnard,  and  that 
helped  with  not  being  atraid  of  being  in 
front  of  peojtle.” 

The  dejrartment’s  ultimate  goal  is  to 
enable  young  women  who  want  to 
become  dancers—  or  writers  about 
dance,  or  choreograj^hers — e\  ery  oppor- 
tunity to  pursue  their  dreams. 

Elyssa  Dole  '08  entered  Barnard 
after  spending  two  years  at  the  \ agano- 
\-a  Academy  in  St.  Petersbitrg,  Russia,  as 
a ballet  student.  Now,  she’s  focusing  on 
modern  dance.  “Barnard  nurtured  that 
transition,”  she  sa\s.  “You  ha\e  four 
years  to  bounce  around,  and  it  makes 
\ou  so  di\erse  intellectually  and  helps 


you  see  dance  from  so  many  other  per- 
spectixes.” 

“What’s  unicjue  about  Barnard  is 
that  we’re  about  both  the  ‘thinking  body’ 
and  the  ‘dancer  scholar,’”  Soares  says. 
“We  don’t  separate  one  from  the  other. 
It’s  about  ha\’ing  longex’ity  in  the  dance 
field,  as  a lifelong  commitment.  We  open 
up  possibiliU'  in  the  best  tradition  of  lib- 
eral arts.”  ® 


Merri  Rosenberg  ’78  contributes  frequently  to 
Barnard  magazine  and  writes  regularly  for 
the  Westchester  section  o/  ’Ehe  New  York 
Times.  She  made  her  late  mother,  a former 
gym  teacher  and  dancer,  very  happy  by  taking 
classes  in  the  Barnard  dance  department. 


Students  in  "Modern  IV." 


The  department's  ultimate  goal  is  to  enable 
young  women  who  want  to  become  dancers — or 
writers  about  dance,  or  choreographers — every 
opportunity  to  pursue  their  dreams. 


Rebecca  Kovacs  Warner  CC  '05  and  classmates  demonstrate  a lift  during  "Modern  IV." 


W in  ter  2003  Barnard  23 


It  takes 
as  much 
energy 
to  wish 
as  it  does 
to  plan. 

Eleanor 

Roosevelt 


C ,f  ■ he  energ\' that  fills  the  Barnard  campus 
■'  is  that  of  an  urban  academic  commu- 
nity dedicated  to  learning  and  enlight- 
enment, and  to  educating  bright  young  women 
who  will  emerge  with  the  confidence,  drh'e  and 
ability  to  build  a better  world.  It  is  an  energy  that 
perfectly  complements  the  commercial,  cultural 
and  social  energy  of  the  surrounding  city. 

“New  York  is  the  ideal  setting  for  a liberal  arts 
education  that  is  increasingly  broad  in  its  cultur- 
al range,  and  for  an  academic  community  that  is 
increasingly^  dic'erse  in  its  makeup,”  says  President 
Judith  Shapiro.  “Less  than  ideal,  however,  are  the 
space  limitations  imposed  by  our  setting.” 


This  master  plan 
preserves  all  that 
IS  unique  about 
Barnard,  while 
allowing  our 
prograrns  to  grow 
in  the  directions 
we  dream  of. 

Robert  Remez^ 
Ann  Whitney  Olin 
Professor  of  Psychology 


Compressed  into  four  acres,  this  vigorous 
and  dh’erse  Barnard  community  is  bursting  at  the 
seams. 

Student  organizations,  academic  depart- 
ments and  administrative  staff  all  need  more 
office  space.  Public  lectures  now  held  in  the  lower 
lec'el  of  the  Millicent  McIntosh  Student  Center 
need  a wniie  that  doesn’t  compete  with  noise 
from  the  upstairs  cafe  and  lounge.  The  library 
needs  areas  for  group  study,  space  for  technolog- 
ical support  staff  and  training,  a seminar  room  for 
bibliographic  instruction,  and  more  electrical 
outlets  and  ports  for  laptops.  Students  and  facul- 
ty in  architecture  and  the  risual  arts  need  studio 
and  gallery  space.  Students  in  the  residence  halls 
need  more  single  rooms  along  with  larger 
kitchens,  Ihing  rooms  and  common  areas. 


24  Barnard  W'lnt  er  2003 


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'lb  adequately  meet  students'  residential  needs  and  pro\  ide 
lix'ing  spaces  comparable  to  those  at  peer  institutions,  Barnard 
is  in  the  process  of  systematically  reno\’ating  all  of  its  residence 
halls.  To  meet  the  social,  academic  and  programming  needs  of 
the  \ arious  segments  of  the  campus  community — while  nurtur- 
ing and  strengthening  that  community  as  an  integrated,  \ ital 
whole  the  Clollege  plans  to  replace  McIntosh  with  a new  cen- 
ter for  study  and  social  life:  a welcoming,  light-filled  structure 
that  will  facilitate  research  in  the  digital  age,  place  dining  areas 
near  stnch’  areas,  pro\  ide  ample  space  for  socializing  and  inter- 
action, and  oiler  appropriate  \'enues  for  public  e\ents.  At  the 
same  time,  mcn  ing  the  library  and  other  facilities  to  this  new 
structure  will  free  up  large  areas  of  the  buildings  that  now  house 
them,  allowing  the  Clollege  to  pixnide  bright,  well-designed 
spaces  for  a wide  range  of  departments  and  programs  in  the 
areas  made  available  in  Lehman,  Milbank  and  Barnard  Halls. 

On  December  4,  2002,  Barnard’s  board  of  trustees  adopt- 
ed a master  jrlan  for  the  transformation  of  the  campus  over  the 
next  10  years.  The  trustees’  endorsement  of  this  visionary  blue- 
print cajrped  a year  of  campus-wide  exploration,  e\  aluation,  and 
design  work  by  Hardy  Holzman  Pfeiffer  Associates  (HHPA),  a 
leading  architectural  and  j^lanning  hrm  with  extensi\’e  exj^cri- 
ence  in  serxing  academic  institutions.  Phe  HHPA  team  con- 
sulted with  indixiduals  from  all  segments  of  the  campus  com- 
munity while  working  closely  with  a steering  committee 
composed  of  trustees  and  alumnae,  administrators,  faculty  and 
students. 

“We  couldn’t  think  in  a traditional  manner  when  we  dex  el- 
oped  this  plan,”  recalls  trustee  Cheryl  Clicker  Milstein  '82,  a 


steering  committee  member.  “^Ve  had  to  address  the  way 
students  live  and  study  in  the  2 1st  century.” 

Meanwhile,  a separate  master  plan  for  Barnard’s  residence 
halls  was  de\  eloped  by  Hillier,  another  firm  with  a strong  record 
in  campus  planning.  As  HHP;\.  and  Hillier  collaborated  with 
campus  constituencies,  they  also  studied  the  documents  produced 
during  the  College’s  self-study  and  long-range-planning 
process-  a jrrocess  that  began  in  1999  and  led  to  the  adoption 
of  a comprehensive  strategic  plan  in  2001. 

“Phis  master  plan  is  the  physical  implementation  of 
Barnard's  strategic  plan,”  says  Jean  Gath,  director  of  planning  at 
HHPA. 

“'Phe  strategic  plan  and  the  master  plan  both  reflect  the  fact 
that  Barnard  is  stronger  than  ex’er — as  an  institution  and  in  the 
excellence  of  the  education  olTered  here,”  adds  Lew  Wyman, 
Barnard's  x'ice  president  for  jrlanning  and  research.  “By  making 
significant  improx'ements  to  the  campus  and  putting  up  a major 
new’  building,  not  onh’  will  we  benefit  the  campus  community,  but 
we'll  also  show  the  world  in  a highly  \ isible  way  that  Barnard 
stands  at  the  forefront  of  higher  education.” 

What  the  Future  Will  Look  Like 


Imjiroxements  w’ill  be  ex’ertyxhere,  starting  at  the  campus’ 
street-side  perimeter,  where  continuous  landscaping  from  1 16th 
Street  to  1 2i)th  Street  and  Broadway  to  Claremont  Axenue  xx  ill 
clearly  define  the  campus’s  boundaries. 

“'Phe  hilly  landscaped  perimeter,  the  nex\-  building  facing 
Broadxx  ax',  and  the  enhanced  gated  entrx’xx  ays  to  the  campus  will 


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PHOTO  BY  G.  STEVE  JORDAN 


all  assert  Barnard’s  vital  presence  in  a neighborhood  known  for 
its  world-class  institutions,”  President  Shapiro  says. 

The  Broadway- 1 1 9th  Street  gate,  currently  a lightly  used 
entry  point,  will  assume  increased  importance  as  the  gate  closest 
to  the  new  building  and  as  the  redesigned  physical  link  to  the  area 
north  of  the  College. 

“It’s  time  that  the  north  end  of  campus  had  a more  dynam- 
ic presence,”  says  Karen  Fairbanks,  associate  professor  of  pro- 
fessional practice  in  architecture  and  one  of  three  faculty  repre- 
sentatives on  the  master  plan  steering  committee.  “Barnard  has 
a joint  program  with  the  Manhattan  School  of  Music  and  a dou- 
ble-degree program  with  Jewish  Theological  Seminary,  both 
located  north  of  120th  Street,  and  a lot  of  our  students  head 
north  for  restaurants  and  entertainment.” 

Dean  of  the  College  Dorothy  Urman  Denburg  ’70,  anoth- 
er committee  member,  agrees.  “I  am  particularly  excited  about 
our  plans  for  a new  hub  of  acti\ity  on  that  end  of  campus.  The 
new  building  will  create  a totally  different  traffic  flow,”  she  says. 

Denburg  remembers  being  a student  when  McIntosh  and 
Altschul  were  under  construction.  “W'hen  I arrh'ed  for  my  admis- 
sion interview,  there  were  tennis  courts  and  ‘The  Jungle,’  ” she  says. 
“When  I returned  for  Orientation,  thei'e  was  a huge  hole  in  their 
place,  and  McIntosh  and  Altschul  are  there  now.  So  I’N^e  already 
seen  oire  major  transformation  of  that  area.  I’ve  had  plenty  of  time 
to  see  how  McIntosh  works  . . . and  how  it  doesn’t  wor  k.” 

In  fact,  there  is  an  overwhelming  consensus  on  campus  about 
McIntosh.  Admiration  and  affection  for  Millicent  McIntosh,  who 
led  Barnard  from  1947  to  1962,  are  joined  by  the  realization  that 
it’s  time  for  the  building  to  be  replaced,  and  the  commitment  to 
visibly  honor  Mrs.  McIntosh  in  the  new  facility'. 

“‘Mac’  doesn’t  blend  in  with  the  other  campus  buildings, 
and  it’s  always  dark  inside,”  says  Raven  Hardison  ’03,  an  archi- 
tecture major  who  was  a student  representative  on  the  master 


plan  steering  committee.  “E\'eryone  1 talk  to  is  happy  about  the 
plans  for  a new  building.” 

The  new  Ituilding  will  offer  generous  light  and  broad  \ iews, 
and  its  plaza  le\’el  will  hold  a dining  facility  cajtable  of  seating  iiKjre 
than  300  people.  Adjoining  this  dining  facility,' — on  the  lloor  below 
and  the  two  floors  immediately  abo\’e  — will  be  the  new  lil^rary. 

“4’he  library  is  going  to  he  spectacular!”  jrredicts  Robert 
Remez,  Ann  Whitney  Olin  Professor  of  Psychology  and  a facul- 
ty' representative  on  the  master  plan  steering  ctnnmittee.  “\\'e'll 
have  wireless  access  to  online  material,  and  most  of  the  collec- 
tion will  be  available  online.  So  a student  doing  research  on  the 
18th  century,  for  example,  will  be  aide  to  access  secondary,  and 
perhaps  primary,  sources  from  her  laptop.” 

Computer  help  will  always  be  a\'ailable.  Management  Infor- 
mation and  Network  Seiv'ices,  which  oversees  Barnard’s  com- 
puter network  infrastructure,  will  share  the  library's  lower  le\'cl 
with  Academic  Technologies,  which  attends  to  all  of  the  College’s 
academic  computing  needs.  A section  of  the  stacks,  along  with 
com’enient  carrels,  will  also  be  located  on  the  lower  le\’el.  On  the 
library’s  next  le\’el,  directly  abo\'e  the  dining  facility,  help-desk 
personnel  in  a spacious  “information  commons”  area  will  be 
a\  ailable  to  assist  students  with  online  research.  4’his  le\'el  will  also 
hold  group-study  rooms,  a bibliographical  training  lab,  a circu- 
lation desk,  reseiv'e  and  reference  collections,  and  administrative 
offices,  fhe  floor  abo\'e  will  contain  a large  portion  of  the 
library’s  permanent  collection,  and  more  carrels.  And  on  the 
fourth  le\'el,  the  presence  of  several  academic  departments  and 
their  classrooms  will  add  another  dynamic  component  to  this 
multi-use  building. 

The  building’s  top  floor  will  consist  of  a \'ast  multi-purpose 
space  with  a mezzanine  for  additional  seating  and  a terrace  fac- 
ing Lehman  Lawn.  4’his  will  be  an  events  venue  worthy'  of  the 
College  and  its  continual  roster  of  distinguished  guests. 


Rendering  of  the  campus  master  plan  model  produced  by  Hardy  Holzman  Pfeiffer  Associates. 


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■' riiis  is  the  kind  of  spare  we  really  don’t  ha\e  on  campus. 
It's  something  we  desjrerately  need,"  says  trustee  Clonstanee 
Alexander  Krueger  '53,  who  ser\ed  on  the  master  plan  steering 
committee  and  chairs  the  hoard's  committee  on  buildings, 
grotmds  and  enx  ironment. 

And  what  will  happen  to  the  areas  \'acated  by  the  library  in 
Lehmtm  Hall? 

"'I'he  ])laza  lex -el  of  Lehman  will  be  all  about  students,’’  plan- 
ner Jean  (jath  says. 

Lehntan  will  haxe  a new  exterior  that  eliminates  the  dark 
outside  walkwa)-  along  the  fayade,  gix  ing  the  bttilding  more  space 
and  the  entrance  greater  x isibility.  I’he  first  lloor  will  feature  a 
central  open  lounge,  a eafe,  an  art  gallery  for  the  display  of  stu- 
dent and  factiltx'  work,  a computer  lab,  meeting  space,  the  Office 
of  Clollege  Actix'ities,  the  Office  of  Mtilticultural  Affairs,  the 
ollices  of  x’arious  student  organizations  and  a citmmuter  lounge. 

.Ml  of  this  will  fulfill  the  expectations  of  Amx'  Brown  '03,  a 
sttident  representatix’e  on  the  master  plan  steering  committee. 
Brown,  an  architectural  history  and  theory  major,  says  that  serx  - 
ing  on  the  committee  taught  her  a great  deal  about  planning  an 
entire  community.  ‘As  sttidents,  it’s  otir  responsibilitx’  to  seek  otit 
actix’ities  that  interest  us,  btit  the  city  is  alxxays  pulling  us  olf 
campus,"  she  says.  “The  Oollege  needs  to  put  student  actix  ities 
and  organizations  in  a more  x’isible  location,  so  that  students  xx  ill 
hax’e  more  casual,  ex'eryday  exjxostire  to  all  the  great  things 
Barnard  has  to  offer,  d'his  x'isibility  xvill  foster  the  kind  of 
inx’olx’ement  and  social  life  sttidents  long  for.’’ 

\\'hile  the  first  floor  of  Lehman  xvill  be  all  about  sttidents, 
the  second  floor-  one  flight  tij)  from  the  gallery — xxill  lie  all 
about  the  arts.  There  the  Sloate  Media  Clenter  xxill  sit  aeross 
from  xistial  arts  and  architecture  studios.  The  arts  xxill  occujxy 
Lehman's  third  floor  as  xxell,  in  the  shape  of  offices,  a comput- 
er lab  and  indix’idual  study  space. 

The  positix’e  domino  effect  of  x acated  spaces  xx  ill  spread  to 
Barnard  Hall,  where  the  exodtis  of  the  x istial  arts  xxill  leax’e 
am]3le  room  for  the  dance  department  to  leajD  in  and  expand. 
Mcanxxhile,  oxer  in  Afilbank,  the  historically  cramped  theater 
department  xxill  take  oxer  space  xacated  by  other  offices.  lAr- 
forming  artists  xvill  also  benefit  from  the  redesigned  campus 
entrance  at  1 19th  Street,  xxhich  xx  ill  finally  feature  a clear  and 
direct  path  to  Minor  Latham  fdayhouse.  Aboxe  the  theater,  the 
( )llice  of  Financial  ,\id  xx  ill  enjoy  increased  x isibility  in  its  nexv 
first-floor  space  fittingly  adjacent  to  the  Office  of  Admissions. 

Ckimpus  improxements  irrescribed  by  the  master  plan  also 
include  consistent  signage  and  better  otitdoor  lighting.  And 
accessibilitx’  will  be  improx’ed  xxhen  the  sidexxalk  in  front  of 
l.ehman  is  rarsed,  placing  the  entire  path  from  Barnard  Hall  to 
.\ltschul  on  one  lex’el  and  eliminating  any  stairs  along  the  xvay. 


Today’s  relandscaped  Arthur  Ross  Courtyard 


Making  All  g/"This  Happen 


While  these  are  difficult  economic  times  for  ^American  col- 
leges and  unixersities,  Barnard  is  in  a relatix’ely  strong  position 
from  xxhich  to  implement  its  master  plan. 

"Lhilike  many  other  educational  instittitions,  Barnard  fol- 
loxxed  a careful,  conserxatix’e  sjrending  path  during  the  boom 
years  of  the  199()s.  As  a result,  the  xxe  hax’e  operating  budget  sur- 
pltises  and  little  otitstanding  debt,”  Shajriro  says.  “Of  course,  xve'll 
need  to  raise  a great  deal  of  money  from  alumnae  and  others  xvho 
tinderstand  the  crucial  importance  of  the  College’s  edticational 
mission,  and  recognize  hoxx’  central  the  campus  itself  is  to  the  fur- 
therance of  that  mission." 

Bonds  issued  by  the  Nexx  York  State  Dormitory  Authoritx’ 
are  also  expected  to  j^lay  a key  role  in  financing  the  construction 
of  the  nexv  bnilding. 

“ today’s  extremely  low  interest  rates  present  us  xxith  an 
excellent  opportunit)-,’’  says  Andy  Manshel,  Barnard’s  x’ice  pres- 
ident for  linance  and  administration.  “It’s  the  best  possible  time 
to  borrow  money  for  major  construction.” 

,\s  funds  are  raised,  an  architect  xx  ill  be  hired  to  design  the 
nexx  building,  using  the  basic  plan  and  program  produced  by 
HHPA. 

“Our  current  time  line  sets  August  2004  as  the  date  for  the 
completion  of  a hnal  design,  and  the  fall  of  2006  as  the  date  for 
the  ojrening  of  the  nexv  building,”  Shapiro  says.  “Once  the  nexv 
building  is  completed,  xxe  xx  ill  proceed  xvith  the  major  renox'ations 
to  Lehman,  Milbank  and  Barnard  Halls.’’ 


The  complete  campus  master  plan  can  be  found  on  Barnards  1 1 eb  site  at 
uww.barnard.edu/newnews  / news! 20502. 


28  Barnard  Winter  2003 


PHOTO  BY  G,  STEVE  JORDAN 


lounges  and  study  rooms  ha\’e  been  con\-erted  to  l)edrooms.  Stu- 
dents complain  that  Brooks,  Hewitt  and  Reid  all  need  more  cr)m- 
munity  space,”  says  Butterfield.  “Dean  Denburg  came  up  with  the 
idea  for  localized  lounges  on  the  upper  lloors.”  Thus,  each  upjrer 
floor  will  ha\'e  two  lounges  for  quiet  stud)'  and  two  other  lounges 
for  socializing. 

The  renovation  of  the  residence  halls  will  j^roceed  e\’cr)'  sum- 
mer o\'er  the  ne.xt  10  years.  W hen  it  is  completed,  each  building 
will  have  a spacious  first-floor  lounge  in  addition  to  the  uj^per 
lounges,  a fitness/ exercise  space,  and  separate  rooms  for  computer 
study,  group  study  and  music  practice. 

Eventually  even  the  outdoor  area  between  6 1 6 and  620  \\'est 
1 16th  Street  will  be  made  into  a welcoming  camjrus  space,  as  a 
common  couru  ard  is  rebuilt  and  landscajDed. 

The  Best  of  the  Past,  Present 
and  Future 


Living  Well,  in  Greater  Comfort 
and  Community 

Implementation  of  the  residential  master  plan  has  already 
beg'un,  funded  by  surpluses  in  the  operating  budget  and  gifts  from 
alumnae,  parents,  and  friends  of  the  College.  /\mong  the  residence 
halls  that  underwent  renovation  last  summer  were  the  “60()s,” 
Barnard-owned  apartment  buildings  on  Whst  1 1 6th  Street,  where 
students  hav'e  lix'ed  in  apartments  with  century-old  layouts. 

“These  apartments  had  no  common  areas  for  socializing,” 
says  James  Butterfield,  a designer  and  senior  associate  at  Hillier. 
“From  the  front  door  of  each  apartment,  you  immediately  entered 
a long  corridor  with  bedrooms  on  either  side.  The  small  kitchen 
was  at  the  far  end  of  the  hallway,  so  the  bedrooms  were  subject 
to  the  noise  and  traffic  of  frequent  passers-by.  The  kitchens  were 
very  small,  and  many  apartments  had  no  areas  at  all  for  common 
use,  because  a space  squeeze  had  forced  the  College  to  coiwert  liv- 
ing rooms  to  bedrooms.” 

.All  of  this  has  been  remedied  in  two  renovated  suites,  wiiich 
are  the  models  for  what  is  to  come.  In  each  renox  ated  suite,  the  front 
room  is  now'  a large,  common  fixing  area  xxith  a modern  kitchen. 

“What’s  really  wonderful  is  that  Barnard  is  presening  the  old 
moldings,  high  window's  and  other  traditional  features  of  these 
buildings,”  Hardison  says.  “\Vhen  some  institutions  rebuild,  they 
gut  everything  because  they  w'ant  ex'erything  to  look  new.  But  stu- 
dents care  a lot  about  it  feeling  homey.” 

Unfortunately,  in  the  older  Qiiad  residence  halls,  this  tradi- 
tional homeyness  has  been  accompanied  for  too  long  by  a lack  of 
community  space. 

“Brooks  has  a x'ery  handsome  fixing  room  on  the  ground 
floor,  but  once  you  get  upstairs,  areas  that  were  once  used  as 


! foday  in  both  curriculum  dexelopment  and  campus  plan- 

i ning,  the  College  honors  the  singular  traditions  of  the  Barnard 
! educational  experience,  while  making  changes  that  meet  the 
i demands  of  fife,  scholarship  and  leadership  in  this  complex  and 
: rapidly  changing  xx'orld. 

; “The  master  plan  is  in  keeping  with  what  xve  all  xvant,”  says 

I Gayle  Robinson  ’75,  chair  of  the  board  of  trustees.  “It  alloxvs  our 

I small  campus  to  remain  beautiful,  xvith  ample  greenery  and  free 

I space.  And  at  the  same  time,  it  allows  us  to  build  a stronger  cam- 

I pus  communit)'  and  to  accommodate  the  expansion  of  our  jrro- 

j grams  in  the  arts  and  sciences.”  Looking  back  appreciatix'ely, 

' Robinson  adds,  “As  a student,  I always  felt  that  the  campus  was 

I a very  comfortable,  safe  and  xvarm  place.  Once  I came  through 

j the  gate,  it  xvas  hard  to  beliex’e  I xvas  in  the  middle  of  Nexx'  York 
! 

i City.  The  master  plan  holds  true  to  that  aspect  of  Barnard.” 

\ Alread)',  ex'en  minor  non-residential  improx’ements  made  in  the 
i interests  of  comfort  and  communitx'  haxe  been  highlx'  successful,  "fhe 
! stationary'  tables  and  benches  now  located  on  the  redesigned  ]?laza 

i 

; between  Vtschul  and  McIntosh,  along  xxith  the  mox  able  tables  and 
: chairs  recently  placed  throughout  the  campus,  fill  xxith  students 
, whenex’er  xveather  permits,  and  hax'e  changed  the  face  of  the  Col- 
i lege  in  a modest  but  xibrant  xxay.  (The  concept  of  mox  able  outdoor 
j seating  xvas  imported  from  midtoxxn’s  Bi-yant  Park  by  Manshel.) 

1 “People  flock  to  nice  spaces,”  Hardison  obsen-es.  “And  just 
i as  today’s  students  quickly  saxv  the  tables  and  chairs  as  essential 
: fixtures,  future  generations  of  students  xxill  see  the  nexx'  building 
‘ as  their  home.”  K1 


Anne  Schutzberger  is  a staff  miter Jur  Barnard  magazine. 

She  recently  completed  her  first  novel. 


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ILLUSTRATION  BY  GIL  ADAMS 


Barnard  alumnae 
IN  THE  Culinary  industry 

BY  Lori  Segal 


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s James  Beard,  one  of  America’s  “founding  foodies”  once  wrote, 
FOOD  is  the  force  THAT  BINDS  PEOPLE  TOGETHER.  WHETHER  RAWING 
ABOUT  A MEAL  AT  THE  RESTAURANT  DU  JOUR,  PREPARING  FOR  A DINNER 
PARTY  OR  TRADING  RECIPES  FOR  DESSERTS,  WE  OFTEN  USE  FOOD  AS  A VEHICLE  FOR  SOCIAL 
INTERACTION  AND  FULFILLMENT.  NUMEROUS  BaRNARD  ALUMNAE  HAVE  TAKEN  THEIR  LOVE 
AFEMR  WITH  FOOD  TO  THE  NEXT  LEVEL  OF  MYSTERY,  TURNING  THEIR  PASSIONS  INTO  A ROUX 
FOR  REWARDING  AND  SUCCESSFUL  PROFESSIONS.  ThEIR  JOB  DESCRIPTIONS  .\ND  C.AREER 
PATHS  ARE  DIVERSE — RANGING  FROM  PERSONAL  CHEF  TO  RESTAUKYNT  REVIEWER — BUT  THE 
COMMON  THREAD  AMONG  THESE  W^OMEN  IS  THEIR  FERVOR  FOR  FOOD. 


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Michc-le  Urvaler  ’67  traces  her  love 
of  food  to  lier  childhood  in  Europe.  She 
lenieinbers  little  about  a trip  from  Bel- 
gium to  Holland  that  she  took  when  she 
was  10  with  the  Spanish  painter  Joan 
Miio  —except  for  the  time  when  she 
]jicked  out  her  own  lobster  for  lunch,  and 
it  was  sened  on  seaweed.  “It  had  amaz- 
ing Ha\’or!”  she  says.  “And  then  we  had  a 
homemade  chocolate  souffle  for  dessert.” 
W’ith  a precocious  sense  for  fla\'or  and 
detail,  Elrvater  has  flourished  in  the  food 
industry  as  a chef,  a cookbook  author, 
host  for  the  Food  Network  and  manager 
of  Manhattan’s  now-defunct  Chez  Louis. 

Bike  Ur\’ater,  Elizabeth  Yeh 
Singh  ’88  says  her  child- 
hood exposed  her  to  a 
kaleidoscope  of  cuisine. 
Growdng  up  in  Miami, 
Singh  would  eat  tradition- 
al Chinese  cuisine  at  home 
with  her  parents,  Cuban 
food  in  restaurants  with  her  Cuban 
friends  and  macaroni  and  cheese  at  her 
school  cafeteria.  Coming  to  Barnard  fur- 
ther expanded  her  tastes,  says  Singh,  a 
graduate  of  the  Institute  of  Culinary 
Education  (formerly  named  Peter 
Kump’s  New  York  Cooking  School). 
“New  York  was  a microcosm  of  the 
world,”  she  says.  “I  couldn’t  afford  to  go 
to  Turkey,  but  I could  eat  Turkish  food  in 
the  city.”  Food  Arts  magazine  co-publish- 
er and  Food  & Wine  magazine  co-founder 
Ariane  Ruskin  Batterberry  ’55  echoes  the 
\alue  of  Barnard’s  location.  “While 
Barnard  didn’t  teach  us  how  to  cook, 
being  in  New  York  is  an  education  in 
food!  As  a student,  I learned  so  much 
through  going  to  neighborhood  ethnic 
restaurants,”  says  Batterberry,  who  co- 
authored with  her  husband,  Michael,  On 
the  Town  in  JS'ew  York,  a history  of  dining  in 
Manhattan. 

Since  Barnard  doesn’t  have  a food 
studies  program,  alumnae  in  the  food 
industry  majored  in  subjects  ranging 


from  political  science  to  French.  ^Alison 
Mesrop  ’84,  a pri\  ate  chef  and  caterer  to 
celebrities  including  Madonna,  Paul 
Newman  and  Rosie  O’Donnell,  majored 
in  psychology.  “It  comes  in  handy!  I feel 
like  a psychologist  e\'ery  time  I deal  with 


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a client,”  Mesrop  says,  jokingly. 

Mesrop  knew  she  w'as  destined  for  a 
career  in  food  after  she  baked  banana 
bread  at  age  3.  She  pursued  her  dream 
after  graduation,  first  working  for  Great 


Performances,  one  of  New  York’s  largest 
catering  companies,  which  is  owned  and 
operated  by  Liz  Neumark  ’77. 

For  others,  however,  the  path  to  pas- 
tries and  polenta  hasn’t  always  been  clear. 
Bonni  Price  ’76  always  lo\'ed  to  cook,  but 
she  didn’t  consider  it  a career  for  herself. 
Instead,  she  spent  nearly  two  decades  in 
magazine  editing  before  she  rediscovered 
her  lo\'e  for  cooking  while  working  with  a 
friend  who  w'as  a restaurant  chef  Hesi- 
tant to  move  from  the  highly  stressful  job 
of  being  an  editor  to  the  equally  stressful 
job  of  being  a restaurant  chef,  she 
worked  briefly  as  a private  chef  before 
founding  Meals  by  Bonni  in  1996.  Her 
company,  based  in  Windsor,  Conn.,  spe- 
cializes in  customized  meal  preparation 
for  clients  who  are  too  busy  to  cook.  Price 
relishes  the  increased  freedom  and  flexi- 
bility of  being  her  own  boss.  “Very  few 
people  get  to  ha\'e  as  much  control  over 
their  work  life  as  I do,”  she  says. 

hristine  Deussen  ’90  and 
Elizabeth  Yeh  Singh  faced 
dilemmas  similar  to 
Price’s,  but  they  had 
epiphanies  earlier  in  their 
careers.  Deussen,  who 
worked  for  three  years  as 
an  appraiser  of  ancient 
coins  at  Christie’s,  lo\'ed  her  job,  but  had 
doubts  about  making  it  a lifelong  profes- 
sion. She  recalls  a conversation  about 
careers  with  her  boss  at  the  time.  “My 
boss  asked,  ‘What  do  you  like  to  do?’  And 
I said,  ‘Eat!’  ‘Anything  else?’  he  asked. 
‘Talk,’  I faltered.  So  my  boss  told  me  that 
that’s  exactly  what  I should  do  with  my 
career;  to  simply  follow  my  heart  and  the 
money  would  follow.” 

Deussen  left  Christie’s  to  do  market- 
ing and  publicity  for  restaurants,  wineries 
and  liquor  companies.  After  working  for 
other  firms,  she  launched  her  own  mar- 
keting company  in  New  York  City, 
Deussen  Global  Communications,  last 
April.  She  now  represents  clients  such  as 


32  Barnard  Wi.xter  2003 


the  award-winning  Tribute  restaurant 
near  Detroit  and  TURI  Vodka. 

Singh,  who  worked  in  financial 
news,  would  often  retreat  into  cook- 
books and  food  magazines  at  the  end  of 
the  day,  reflecting  on  her  years  at 
Barnard,  when  she  experienced  culture 
and  people  through  food.  “I  found 
myself  thinking  more  about  chicken 
stock  than  penny  stocks,”  she  says.  Singh 
decided  to  make  a career  change.  After 
attending  cooking  school,  she  tested 
recipes  for  magazines  including  Martha 
Stewart  Living,  and  co-wrote  The  Great  Big 
Burger  Book  with  Jane  Murphy,  due  out  in 
April  from  Harvard  Common  Press. 


thers  have  stumbled  into 
the  world  of  food  and 
inadvertently  discovered 
their  calling.  Television 
personality  and  broadcast 
media  consultant  Sissy 
Cargill  Biggers  ’79  says,  “I 
didn’t  find  it.  It  found  me. 
To  borrow  from  the  old  ‘Saturday  Night 
Live’  sketch,  ‘[the  food  industry]  has  been 
berry,  berry  good  to  me,’  ” she  says.  After 
working  at  NBC  Network  as  the  director 
of  late  night  and  specials  programming 
and  as  a talk  show  host  at  Lifetime  Tele- 
vision, Biggers  found  her  niche  in  1997 
when  she  was  hired  as  host  and  consulting 
producer  of  the  Food  Network’s  game 
show  “Ready. . .Set. . .Cook!”  a cooking 
match-off  between  master  chefs  with  lim- 
ited time  and  ingredients.  Biggers  had  no 
prior  cooking  expertise,  but  along  with  the 
audience,  learned  more  about  food  as  the 
game  w^ent  along.  During  the  show,  she’d 
tefi  the  viewers,  “I’m  not  a chef  and  I 
don’t  play  one  on  TV!”  After  the  show 
ran  its  course,  Biggers  “tried  to  shake  the 
food  thing,  but  couldn’t  seem  to  let  it  go,” 
as  audiences  continued  to  embrace  the 
grounded  approach  she  brought  to  the 
sometimes-intimidating  lingo  of  chefs. 
Biggers  continues  this  approach  with  her 
continued  on  page  66 


BY  Ronme  Koenig  '96 

Laura  Maioglio  ’54  had  a dream.  She  had  just  taken  over  Bariretta  in 
1 962,  the  restaurant  her  father  opened  in  New  York  in  1 906,  and  she 
wanted  to  create  a distincti\'e  Italian  restaurant.  At  the  time,  few  restau- 
rants, other  than  French,  were  noted  for  their  ambiance.  “To  be  so  bold 
as  to  create  an  elegant  Italian  restaurant  - that  was  revolutionary,”  she 
says.  Enriched  by  her  study  of  art  history  at  Barnard,  Maioglio — who'd 
collected  antiques  since  high  school  -renox  ated  the  restaurant  and  dec- 
orated it  with  1 8th-century  Italian  furnishings. 

Having  a x’ision  is  essential  to  creating  a successful  restaurant,  alum- 
nae restaurant  owners  say. 

“Our  overall  x'ision  for  Brighton  Grill  was  to  create  a place  on  the 
Upper  East  Side  of  Manhattan  that  would  appeal  to  women  and  be 
lighter,  brighter  and  healthier  and  more  ‘downtown’  than  restaurants  that 
were  smoky,  dark  and  aimed  at  men,  and  served  lots  of  steak  and  burg- 
ers— we  served  lots  of  salads  and  fish,”  Stephanie  Wanger  Guest  ’72  says 
about  the  restaurant  she  opened  with  two  partners  in  1983.  At  Punch, 
which  she  and  her  partners  opened  in  1 998,  “we  were  aiming  for  a lix'ely 
restaurant  with  wonderful  food  and  good  wines  at  a fair  price.” 

At  The  Screening  Room,  a film  house,  restaurant  and  lounge  in 
Tribeca,  co-owner  Nancy  Yaffa  ’88  put  her  M.B.A.  to  use  creating  a place 
that  appeals  to  foodies  and  film  buffs  alike.  What  attracted  her  to  the 
restaurant  business  is  the  entertainment  aspect  of  it.  “It’s  like  having  a din- 
ner party  every  night  of  the  week,”  says  Yaffa,  who  also  co-owns  The  Din- 
ing Room,  on  the  Upper  East  Side. 

Other  ingredients  to  running  a successful  restaurant  are  determina- 
tion, energy  and,  of  course,  hard  work.  “For  the  first  two  years,  we  worked 
12-hour  days,  seven  days  a week.  No  one  could  understand  how  we  could 
do  it,  but  for  us  it  was  a given,”  recalls  Jennifer  Sher  Marshall  ’87,  who 
opened  Aquagrill  in  Manhattan  with  her  husband,  Jerem)',  in  1996.  “The 
demands  of  running  your  own  business  are  rigorous,  but  the  rewards  are 
greatly  satisfying,”  she  says. 

- Ronnie  Koenig  ’96,  former  editor-in-chief  of  Playgirl, 
writes  for  television  and  theater. 


Winter  2003  Barnard  33 


AABC  NEWS 


The  Alumnae  Association 

of  Barnard  College 


There  are  more  than  29,000  Barnard  alumnae 
throughout  the  world.  All  of  us  belong  to 
Barnard’s  alumnae  association.  Set  up  in  1895 
by  alumnae  to  support  the  College,  we  continue 


to  connect  to  Barnard,  each  other,  and  our  students. 
The  home  for  alumnae  on  Barnard’s  campus  is  the 
Vagelos  Alumnae  Center,  located  in  the 
historic  Deanery. 


I\Iew  Alumnae  Benefits  Package 

Campus  Events 

^\’e  are  pleased  to  introduce  a new  AABC  card  and  benefits  package.  Stop 

FOR  Alumnae 

by  the  Vagelos  Alumnae  Center,  located  in  the  historic  Deanei'y,  to  pick  up  your 
card.  For  more  information,  call  212-854-2005,  send  an  e-mail  message  to 
alumnaeaffairs@barnard.edu  or  \ isit  our  ^Veb  site. 

The  new  AABC  card  entitles  you  to: 

* Easier  access  to  Barnard  and  Columbia  libraries 


Are  you  interested  in  attending 
events  for  Barnard  alumnae  on  cam- 
pus or  in  your  local  area?  Check 
www.barnard.edu/ alum  for  current 
listings.  Here’s  a sampling  of  upcom- 
ing events  on  campus: 


• Discounts  on  Broadway  tickets,  premium  hotels  in  Manhattan,  the  New  York 
Sports  Club,  Elizabeth  Arden’s  Red  Door  Salon 

• And  more! 


Barnard  Alma  Maters 


Barnard  .AJma  Maters,  a new  group  that  brings  together  Barnard  alumnae 
mothers,  was  founded  last  fall.  'Ehe  first  e\'ent,  a trip  to  “The  Nutcracker”  at  Lin- 
coln Center,  was  oj^en  to  all  alumnae  and  Barnard  families. 


Alumnae  trip  to  "The  Nutcracker.  ” Pictured  from  left  to  right:  Rena  Sterman  Hoffman  ’84, 
Julia  Menclie,  Caroline  Hoffman,  Rachel  Marcus  and  Paula  Pilchik  Menche  ’79. 


• March  4 - Talk  by  Francene  Suss- 
ner  Rodgers  ’67,  “Not  Your 
Mother’s  or  Father’s  Workplace,” 

6 p.m. 

• March  6 - Lunch  and  Learning,  a 
lecture  by  author  Belva  Plain  ’37, 
noon 

• March  3 1 - Lecture  by  anthropol- 
ogist Mary  Catherine  Bateson  on 
Composing  a Life,  6:30  p.m. 

• April  1 4 — Panel  on  Women  Con- 
fronting Retirement,  7 p.m. 

• June  1 9 - Smart  Women,  Smart 
Money,  a lecture  by  Alexandra 
Lebenthal,  7:30  a.m. 

Want  to  get  involved  as  a Barnard  vol- 
unteer? Call  us  at  212-854-2005,  stop 
by  the  Vagelos  Alumnae  Center,  locat- 
ed in  the  historic  Deanery,  e-mail  us  at 
alumnaeaffairs@barnard.edu,  or  visit 
our  Web  site,  www.barnard.edu/alum. 


34  Barnard  Wi.xtkr  2003 


Alumnae  Candidates 


The  nominating  committee  of  the 
.\lumnae  Association  of  Barnard  College 
submits  for  your  consideration  the  following- 
slate  of  candidates.  One  person  has  been 
named  to  fill  each  of  the  positions  on  the 
Aj\BC  board  of  directors  that  will  become 
\'acant  on  July  1,  2003.  Si.x  candidates  have 
been  nominated  to  fill  three  places  on  the 
nine-member  nominating  committee.  A post- 
card ballot  can  be  found  in  the  back  of  this 
issue.  Completed  ballots  should  be  returned 
to  Barnard  College,  AABC  Board  Elections, 
Vagelos  Alumnae  Center,  3009  Broadway, 
New  York,  NY  10027-6598,  postmarked  no 
later  than  May  16,  2003.  Results  will  be 
announced  at  the  annual  meeting  of  the 
,AABC  on  Friday,  May  30,  2003  at  Barnard. 


Candidates  for  Board 
OF  Directors 


Alumnae  Trustee 


I lanet  Williams  Helman 
’56 

I Formerly  museum  volunteer 
coordinator,  Oriental  Insti- 
tute, Unhersity  of  Chicago. 
Conducted  research  into 
prehistoric  pottery  at  the  Oriental  Institute. 
Barnard:  formerly  AABC  director-at-large 
and  member,  awards  committee.  Undergradu- 
ate: Greek  Games,  Junior  Show,  Political 
Council,  1956  yearbook  staff 


Leadership  Council 


Lynn  Rothstein  ’78 

Executive  vice  president  and 
COO,  Echoing  Green  Foun- 
dation. Formerly  vice  presi- 
dent of  research  and  plan- 
ning, Union  Theological 
Seminary.  Member,  Council  on  Founda- 
tions’ research  committee.  New  York 
Reg-ional  Association  of  Grantmakers’  pro- 
gram committee.  Board  of  directors.  Lead- 
ership Learning  Community  (executi\'e 
committee-treasurer);  board  of  directors. 
The  Joshua  Venture.  Barnard:  class  president; 
member,  ACAG;  co-chair/chair.  The 
Barnard  Fund;  Barnard  admissions.  Further 
education:  Ph.D.,  Cornell  University. 

Regional  Committee  Chair 


Patricia  Tinto  ’76 

Special  education  instructor, 
Norwalk,  Conn.,  public 
schools.  Formerly  director  of 
communications.  New  York 
State  Senate;  speechwriter. 


New  \brk  State  Division  of  Housing.  Mem- 
ber, Parent-'Feacher  Organization  Council; 
council  member  youth  committee  chair,  Tem- 
]rle  Shalom.  Barnard:  president,  Barnard  Con- 
necticut Club;  formeily  class  correspondent. 
Undeigraduatr.  editor,  Mortarboard.  Further  edu- 
cation: Certificate  in  Italian,  Lfiiiverista  per 
Stranieri,  Perugia,  Italy. 

Treasurer 


Anneka  Norgren  ’97 

Program  coordinator.  Fun- 
clers  Concerned  .\bout 
AID.S.  Formerly  jn’oject 
rnanager,  Huntington  Asso- 
ciates. Barnard:  member, 
'young  alumnae  committee; 
member,  5th-year  reunion  planning  commit- 
tee. Further  education:  M.P.A..  New  \’ork 
Universitv. 


Laurie  Wolf  Bryk  ’78 

Member,  New  York  State 
Bar  Association;  notary  pub- 
lic, state  of  New  York;  arbi- 
trator, American  Arbitration 
Association.  Formerly  associ- 
ate, law  firm.  Wolf  & Holfman,  Esc[s.;  part- 
ner, law  firm.  Stern,  Bryk  & Holfman,  PC.; 
guardian  ad  litem.  Surrogate’s  Court,  Kings 
County.  Member,  board  of  governors,  \’il- 
lage  of  Lawrence.  Formerly  member,  board 
of  education,  board  of  trustees  and  execu- 
tive board  of  trustees,  Hebrew  Academy  of 
Fi\-e  Towns;  board  of  directors,  United  Way; 
president,  Sisterhood  Young-Israel 
Lawrence  Cedarhurst;  board  of  directors. 
Salute  to  Israel  parade.  Barnard:  treasurer, 
WABC;  former  member,  .A\BCI  fellowship 
committee. 

Director-at-Large 


Wendy  Supo-vitz  Reilly  ’63 

Psychotherapist,  pri\'ate 
practice.  Formerly  president, 
prix-ate  foundation;  art 
gallery  director;  fine  arts 
appraiser;  adjunct  faculty 
member  in  art  history,  Uni- 
x'ersity  of  Georgia.  Member,  executh'e  coun- 
cil, Institute  of  Fine  Arts;  volunteer,  New 
York  City  Ballet;  founder,  pediatrics  halfway 
house;  founder,  multidisciplinary  annual  arts 
festh'al.  Barnard:  alumnae  admissions  repre- 
sentath'e,  member,  MABC  reunion  commit- 
tee. Further  education:  M.A.,  Lhifi'ersity  of 
Oklahoma. 


Candidates  fdr 
Ndminating  Committee 


(three  to  be  elected) 

iNekesa  Moody  ’92 

Music  writer,  The  Associated 
Pi  ■ess.  Formerly  national  edi- 
tor and  newswoman.  The 
Associated  Press.  Chair, 
human  rights  committee.  News  Media 
Guild;  board  member.  New'  York  Association 
of  Black  Journalists.  Barnard:  alumnae 
admissions  representative;  mentor.  Alumnae 
of  Color.  Undergraduate:  president,  Barnard 
Organization  of  Black  Women. 


Terry  Colen  Shapiro  ’67 

Dentist.  Trustee,  North 
Shore  Jewish  Center. 
Barnard:  formerly  class  jiresi- 
dent;  class  fund  chair.  Under- 
graduate: Greek  Games.  Fur- 
ther education:  D.M.D., 
Fairleigh  Dickinson. 


Katherine  Sinsabaugh  ’85 

Musician/ violist,  Broadway 
(recently  with  Andrea  Bocel- 
li  tour).  Feacher,  The  Brear- 
ley  School  and  Metropolitan 
Montessori  School.  Founder, 
“30  Something,”  Fifth 
Ax'enue  Presbyterian  Church.  Deacon,  chair 
of  \ isitation  committee.  Fifth  Axenue  Pres- 
byterian Church.  Barnard:  class  president; 
member,  reunion  committee  and  capital 
campaign.  Formerly  club  officer,  Barnard 
Club.  Undergraduate:  member,  Barnard- 
Columbia  Philharmonica  Orchestra;  mem- 
ber, Columbia  Unix'ersity  Orchestra;  mem- 
ber, Barnard-Cohimlria  Gilbert  and 
Sullix'an;  Orientation  sponsor;  ,\lpha  Zeta 
fellowship.  Further  education:  B.M.  and  M.M., 
Manhattan  School  of  Music;  presently, 
Teachers  College,  Columbia. 


Marcia  Weinstein  Stern  ’66 

Formerly  senior  sensory' 
research  technician,  Con- 
sumers Union.  Chairman, 
Scarsdale  board  of  architec- 
tural rex'iew;  president,  town 
& x'illage  cix'ic  club  in  Scars- 


dale. Barnard:  class  correspondent;  formerly 
class  president.  Undergraduate:  president,  Stu- 
dent Sen  ice  Organization. 


Claire  Tse  ’78 

Senior  consultant  and  oxvn- 
er.  Dynamic  Training  Con- 
sultant, Inc.  Formerly  busi- 
ness systems  consultant, 
Mobil  Oil  Corp.;  x’arious 
supen'isory  positions,  Mobil 
Oil  Corp.  Adjunct  faculty,  Cjeorgctoxvn  Uni- 
x’ersity.  Barnard:  class  ofTicer;  alumnae  admis- 
sions representatix'e.  Undergraduate:  medical 
research,  Bcllcx  ue  Hospital.  Further  education: 
M.B.A.,  Unix’ersity  of  Maryland  L’nix’crsity 
College;  post-graduate  classes,  George 
Mason  Unix’ersity. 


Winter  2003  Barnard  35 


i 

! 

Physician  Eugenie  Fribourg  was  lion- 
orccl  at  a Cliristmas  part)'  in  December  at 
tlie  Brooklyn  Hosjrital.  for  licr  61  years  of 
ser\icc  and  dexolion,  after  retiring  that 
month.  She  will  continue  to  lecture  to  res- 
ident physicians  on  occasion.  Heartiest 
congratulations  to  our  \-ice  president 
Eugenie  from  all  of  the  class. 

On  a much  sadder  note,  I report  the 
death  of  our  former  class  president,  Ruth 
Rosenberg  Wise,  wlio  passed  away  last 
December.  Ruth  was  a dex'Oted  member  of 
our  class,  in  addition  to  being  a founding 
memlter  and  officer  of  the  West  End  Syn- 
agogate  in  New  York.  She  is  sunlved  by  her 
son,  daughter-in  law  and  two  grandsons. 

Anny  Birnbaum  Brieger 
120  E.  81st  St.,  Apt.  10A 


ior  executive  and  merchandise  manager 
for  dresses.  For  many  years,  she  would  be 
the  sole  woman  at  high-level  meetings.  She 
retired  in  1972,  leaxing  an  indelible 
impression  on  all  she  met  with  her  acerbic 
wit  and  forthrightness.  Gertrude  fiercely  2004 
supported  and  cherished  all  whom  she 
lox'ed.  She  was  married  for  60  years  to  Saul 
Plosky,  a Manhattan  jeweler,  who  died  in 

1995.  

Sylvia  Kamion  Maibaum  Q F 
826  Greentree  Road  OU 
Pacific  Palisades,  CA  90272 
310-454-0533 


Dora  Breitwieser  Stoutenberg 
PO  Box  1225 
Farmington,  CT  06034 


New  York,  NY  10028 


860-678-9465 


Lori  Segal 
Barnard  magazine 
Barnard  College 
3009  Broadway 
New  York,  NY  10027 
classnotes@barnard.edu 


NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 


Eleanor  Martin  Stone  '37  reports  that  she 
and  her  sister,  Margaret  Martin,  had  a 
grand  trip  to  Spain  last  October. 

Laura  Smith  Lomo 
214  Harriman  Drive 


Gertrude  Lerner  Plosky  passed  away 
last  October.  Her  nephew,  Eric  Eerner, 
shared  information  on  her  life  after 
Barnard.  Gertrude  was  the  first  woman  to 
attend  Columbia  Business  School  and 
later  rose  from  buyer  to  be  the  first  (and 
for  a long  time,  the  only)  female  senior 
executix'e  at  Abraham  & Strauss. 

She  grew  up  in  the  rural  AWsconsin 
town  of  Sister  Bay.  Her  family  moved  to 
New  York  City  when  she  was  14  and  she 
lived  in  Manhattan  until  her  death  78 
y'ears  later.  .After  graduating  from  Barnard, 
she  enrolled  at  Columbia  Business  School. 
Opposition  to  her  from  the  male  students 
was  fierce  and  not  controlled  by  the  factil- 
ty.  She  w'as  eventually  forced  to  withdraw 
despite  an  excellent  academic  record. 
Gertrude  then  Joined  .Abraham  & Strauss 
as  a Iruyer,  where,  at  the  time,  all  of  the 
store’s  management  was  male.  Hovxex'er, 
with  drive  and  persistence,  Gertrude  over- 
came sexism  and  ex  entuallv  became  a sen- 


I must  sadly  report  that  two  classmates 
hax’e  passed  aw-ay.  Elsa  Moolten 
Moscow,  who  died  last  May,  was  a resi- 
dent of  Teaneck,  NJ.  She  is  survix'ed  by 
tw'o  daughters.  Marion  Shapero  Jacob- 
stein  of  Rochester,  N.\’.,  passed  away  in 
December  2000.  She  is  survixed  by  three 
sons. 

On  a happy  note,  I tracked  down 
Muriel  Schlesinger  Ecker,  x\  ho  is  hap- 
pilx'  ensconced  injamesx  ille,  N.Y,  with  her 
husband  of  56  years,  .Arthur.  They  have 
the  distinction  of  being  the  longest  mar- 
ried couple  in  their  dex'elopment  of  240 
people.  .Ai'thur  is  a retired  surgeon  from 
the  Mayo  CHinic. 

Therr  two  daughters  are  both  married. 
One  is  a clinical  psychologist  in  Syracuse, 
N.Y  Another  daughter  is  assistant  manag- 
er of  New  York  Today.  They  hax'e  one 
granddaughter  and  two  great-grand- 


Apt.  2010 
Goshen,  NY  10924 


34 


daughters,  ages  6 and  3.  The  Eckers  are 
enjoying  music,  their  children  and  each 
odier  and  are  thankful  for  multiple  bless- 
ings. 

Jane  Stein  Aberlin 
Granada,  Wynmoor  Village,  Apt.  1-H, 
Coconut  Creek,  FL  33066 
954-974-4149 


Jean  Jacobson  Strong’s  daughter  writes 
that  after  a couple  of  falls,  her  mother  has 
moved  into  her  house,  where  she  has  her 
own  room  and  batli  as  well  as  help  vxlth 
her  needs.  She  is  getting  around  using  a 
walker  and  wheelchair. 

W'e  are  sad  to  report  the  death  of 
Bertha  Korn  Friedman  in  October 
2001. 

Grace  Chin  Lee  Boggs  was  honored 
last  June  with  the  Legacy  .Axx’ard  from  the 
Museum  of  Chinese  in  the  Americas  in 
New  York.  Gwen  in  recognition  of  her  60 
years  of  political  inx'olx'ement  in  the  major 
social  moX'Cments  in  the  LTnited  States,  diis 
award  was  presented  by  the  Honorable 
Daxld  N.  Dinkins. 

Vivian  White  Darling  lix  es  near  her 
daughter  in  Phoenix,  .Ariz.  She  has  x'olun- 
teered  to  be  a substitute  grandmother  in  a 
program  initiated  by  firemen,  who  will 
proxide  transportation — she  has  hopes  of 
riding  on  a hook-and-ladder. 

Violet  Hopwood  Sudekum’s 
daughter.  Dr.  Margaret  Sudekum,  reports 
that  Violet  is  in  a nursing  home  and  hopes 
to  mox'e  her  Into  an  assisted  lix  ing  facility 
nearer  to  her  home.  Violet’s  husband  died 
last  March;  her  sister  passed  axvay  in  May 
200 1 . Alolet  likes  to  get  calls  and  maU,  care 
of  Margaret,  whose  address  is  axailable 
through  the  Office  of  .'Vlumnae  Affairs. 

Yolanda  Lipari  Tipograph  writes 
that  she  is  roUing  along,  xvorking  tx\  o days 
a week,  going  to  the  theater,  swimming 
and  hoping  to  keep  going  for  a while 
longer. 

Rosalis  Van  der  Stucken  Mont- 
gomery appeared  last  March  in  the  Tjlei' 
Couiier-Times-Telegraph  in  Texas,  after  being 
honored  for  her  xvaiting  at  the  Women  in 
Tyler  Day  luncheon.  Her  fourth  book,  Mj> 
Odyssey,  was  made  into  an  original  play, 
“Rosalis,”  and  presented  at  the  Cowan 


36  Barnard  Win  i er  2(J(I3 


Fine  and  Performing  .Arts  Center  on  the 
Unix'ersity  of  Texas  Tyler  Campus.  At 
Barnard,  her  major  was  in  Frencli  but  site 
had  always  liked  to  wfote. 

Kathryn  (Kay)  Heavey,  our  pro- 
gram chairman,  would  like  class  reunion 
pictures  from  1965  or  earlier,  for  use  as 
copy  for  the  front  of  the  first  Reunion 
2005  letter.  She  also  reports  that  her  hos- 
pital’s school  of  nursing  had  a recent  lunch 
and  she  was  surprised  at  how  well  90-year- 
olds  are  doing. 

Marie  Leis  Pearce 
701  Market  St.,  #252 
Oxford,  Ml  48371 
248-628-3589 
suttonpl@tir.com 


I had  a great  reunion  via  e-mail  with  Deb- 
orah Reich  ’73,  who  was  a student  tvhen  I 
was  Barnard’s  alumnae  director  in  the 
1970s.  iVhen  I retired  and  became  editor 
of  this  magazine,  she  became  a member 
of  my  editorial  board,  as  well  as  a close 
friend.  I still  remember  the  night  of  the 
big  blackout  in  New  York.  We  were  ha\  - 
ing  a board  meeting  at  her  house  when 
the  lights  went  out,  and  we  had  a hilarious 
time  coping  with  the  dark. 

Deb  was  so  helpful  when  I wrote  my 
memoir  nearly  20  years  ago,  but  after  she 
married  and  mo\'ed  to  Israel,  it  was  hard- 
er to  keep  in  touch.  After  she  saw  m\' 
book  listed  in  “Ex  Libris  ” (now  called 
“Books,  etc.”),  she  sent  me  an  excited  e- 
mail.  She  has  published  a tvonderful  arti- 
cle in  Israel  on  the  Web,  which  is  the  most 
rational  and  mo\’ing  statement  I ha\'e 
seen  about  the  plight  of  Israelis  and 
Palestinians. 

I’m  amazed  at  how  easy  it  is  now  to 
keep  in  touch.  If  Deb  managed  to  com- 
municate from  such  a distance,  I challenge 
you  to  be  inspired  by  Deb’s  initiath’e! 

Nora  Lourie  Percival 
478  Greer  Lane 


Vilas,  NC  28692 
828-297-2828 


noralp@boone.net 


Eleanor  Martin  Stone  reports  that  she 
and  her  sister,  Margaret  Martin  ’33,  had 
a grand  trip  to  Spain  last  October.  Ruth 
Wurts  Burt  reports  that  her  husband, 
Clifton,  passed  away  last  March  at  age 
96.  Ruth  is  still  acthe  in  her  church  in 
Tempe,  Ariz.,  and  also  stays  fit,  swim- 
ming a half  mile  e\'ery  morning  in  her 
outdoor,  heated  pool.  “In  the  winter. 


sometimes  the  steam  is  so  thick,  I can’t 
see  the  far  end  of  the  pool!,”  she  tvrites. 

Lori  Segal 
Barnard  magazine 
Barnard  College 
3009  Broadway 
New  York,  NY  10027 
classnotes@barnard.edu 


NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 


An  article  about  Ann  Cottrell  Free 
appeared  in  the  Fall  issue  of  the  A’irginia 
Commonwealth  Unhersitv  ’s  alumni  mag- 
azine (she  attended  the  school  before  com- 
ing to  Barnard).  It  recaOs  .Ann’s  role  as  a 
reporter  during  World  War  II,  and  in  par- 
ticular, her  close  relationship  with  Eleanor 
Roose\elt. 

Harmona  Potter  died  last  No\ ’ember 
in  at  the  At’ety  Heights  Nursing  Facility  in 
Hartford,  Conn.,  as  her  brother,  Rockwell 
H.  Potter,  Jr.,  reported  to  me.  Harmona 
was  three  months  shy  of  her  90th  birthda\’. 
Our  condolences  to  her  friends  and  family 
Barbara  Lake  Dolgin 
150  West  End  Avenue,  18D 
New  York,  NY  10023 


212-874-3234 


bldolgin1@  rcn.com 


Dorothy  Stockwell  Webster  is  still 
happy  and  healthy:  She  does  aerobics  and 
walks  se\eral  times  a week,  attends 
humanities  discussion  groups  at  her 
library  in  Lockport,  N.Ai,  dines  out  fre- 
quently and  has  been  going  to  the  Friends 
of  Lockport  Mothers’  Club  for  55  years. 

Shirley  Simon  Low  reports  that  she 
may  be  one  of  the  last  li\’ing  tilumnae  full- 
time accountants!  In  January,  Ara 
Ponchelet  Blanc  turned  85  and  cele- 
brated with  her  son  and  his  family  from 
Houston,  and  another  son  and  grandchild 
who  li\'e  in  Chappaqua,  N.Y.  In  her  free 
time,  .Ara  enjoy^s  reading  plays. 

Jeannette  Stokes  Thulin  has  been 
raking  lea\’es,  enjoying  church  suppers  (“a 
lot  of  work”)  and  transcribing  chOdren’s 
books  into  braiUe.  She  also  enjoys  frequent 
\isits  from  her  son  and  grandchild.  Coz- 
ette  Utech  Chazotte  says  her  two 
grandsons  come  every  Friday  night  “to 
entertain  her,”  and  her  son’s  daughter, 
who  lives  in  Chapel  Hill,  N.C.,  \isits  a few 
times  a year. 

Marie  Meixel  recalled  her  memories 
of  w’orking  in  the  landmark  Chanin  build- 
ing in  Manhattan,  next  to  Grand  Central 
Terminal.  .At  the  time,  helicopters  used  to 


land  on  top  of  the  Pan  .Am  building.  But 
after  one  of  the  helicopters  crashed,  they 
discontinued  that  senice.  Meixel  now  li\es 
in  Hampton  Bays,  N.Y 

Sarita  Blagden  Choate  has  two 
great-grandchildren.  When  she  isn’t 
spending  time  with  them,  she  goes  to  and 
from  doctor's  “maintenance  appoint- 
ments.” 

Despite  illnesses,  Janice  Hoerr 
White  and  her  husband  ha\e  been  busy 
making  political  phone  calls.  Charlotte 
McClung  Dykema  and  her  htisband  are 
about  to  go  to  California  to  x’isit  family 
and  celebrate  her  birthday. 

Harriette  Adams  Palen’s  yotmgest 
son  and  his  wife,  tvho  Ih’e  in  the  .Adiron- 
dacks,  had  a baby  girl  last  year.  They  visit- 
ed Harriette  and  her  husband  in  Novem- 
ber. Elsa  Wang  Sherman  is  still  trying  to 
finish  the  mass  she  is  composing. 

“The  children  are  line,”  says 
Gertrude  Ureles  Simon  in  Beverly 
Hills,  Calif  Her  oldest  son  and  his  family 
came  back  from  a w’onclerful  trip  to  China. 
.Although  she  has  arthritis,  she  enjoys 
going  to  dinners  and  playing  bridge. 

Martha  Ankeney  Schaffer 
636  Prospect  St. 

Westfield,  NJ  07090 
908-232-1840 
ratcatcher@iopener.net 


Jean  Gainfort  Deppert  and  her  hus- 
band, Harry;,  have  moved  from  Delaware 
to  a retirement  house  called  Charlestown 
in  Maryland,  close  to  her  daughter,  son- 
in-law  and  adult  grandchildren.  She  also 
sees  Ethel  Mainzer  Ives  regularly.  Jean 
and  her  husband  are  both  in  good  health, 
and  she'd  be  happy  to  hear  from  all  her 
old  friends  and  classmates.  Her  address  is: 
717  Maiden  Choice  Lane,  St.  605, 
Catonsville,  MD  21228. 

Did  you  all  read  June  Rossbach 
Bingham  Birge’s  article  “Seven  Little 
Words,”  in  the  Summer  2002  issue  of 
Barnard  magazine?  If  you  haven't.  I'd  like 
to  suggest  that  you  do  so.  It'll  surely  give 
you  something  to  think  abotit! 

Agnes  Cassidy  Serbaroli  recently 
represented  our  class  at  the  dedication  of 
the  Aagelos  .Alumnae  Center,  located  in 
the  former  Deanery.  .Agnes  was  happy  to 
be  there  and  described  it  as  “a  most  gala 
evening”  (see  photo,  page  6). 

.At  the  time  of  wiiting  this  column 
Ann  Landau  Kwitman  was  looking  for- 
ward to  Christmas  in  the  Galapagos  with 
1 1 members  of  her  family! 


Winter  2003  Barnard  37 


wfM'jisimm 


Flora  Ehrsam  Dudley 
437  Melbourne  Ave. 
Mamaroneck,  NY  10543 
914-698-1273 


Athena  and  I are  ha\  ing  great  fun  working 
together  on  the  news,  although  we  could 
coni]3lain  that  too  many  f)f  you  insist 
there's  no  news  to  report!  My  husband. 
Milton,  and  1 decided  to  change  otir 
lifestyle  a hit,  e\en  thotigh  we're  still 
healtln'  and  \vell.  W’e  decided  20  years  of 
caring  for  a hotise  and  pro]Dcrty  on  a bar- 
rier island  subject  to  storms  and  the  daily 
battering  of  wind  and  salt  teas  really 
enough,  d'hose  who  ha\'c  been  here  know 
how  much  we  lo\'c  this  jrlace  but  we're 
about  to  mo\’C  to  a condo  about  a mile 
away  that'll  allow  us  to  tra\el  with  our 
trailer  more  easily  and  perhajrs  will  permit 
tis  to  stay  in  our  home  a f'ew  years  longer. 
Please  make  a note  of  my  new  address 
shown  below.  My  telephone  and  e-mail 
are  the  same. 

Because  Fhrrida  is  so  far  from  New 
York,  I asked  Athena  to  report  on  the  mini- 
reunion on  September  24.  She  writes, 
“Mini-reunions  are  a great  idea.  Eleanor 
Johnson  and  Elizabeth  Bishop 
Trussell  did  a splendid  job  arranging  a 
luncheon  at  the  beautifully  refurbished 
Deanery,  now  the  \agelos  .Alumnae  Cen- 
ter. The  fi\’e  able  to  attend  were:  Eleanor 
Johnson.  Alice  Kliemand  Meyer, 
Betty  Clifford  Macomber.  Elizabeth 
Bishop  Trussell.  and  Athena  Capraro 
Warren. 

Re.sponcling  to  the  imltatioti  but  unable 
to  attend  were  Marie  Turbow  Lam- 
pard,  in  England  with  her  lutsband,  who 
was  attending  a meeting  in  Edinburgh; 
Madelyn  Lotz  McKean,  whose  hus- 
band wasn’t  well  enough  to  be  left  alotie; 


and  Mary  Graham  Smith,  w ho  thotight 
better  of  it,  given  her  serious  heart  condi- 
tion. Naomi  Sells  Berlin,  Marion 
Moscato  and  Estelle  De  'Vito  almost 
made  the  luncheon,  Ijtit  were  cut  oil  by 
minor  bad  luck. 

The  five  celebrants  enjoyed  a delicious 
meal  and  were  joined  by  Rolrcrta  Water- 
stone  .Albert  '92,  director  of  .Alumnae 
.Affairs,  and  .Ste]:)hanie  .Vckims,  director  of 
planned  gl\lng,. 

I'he  pilmary  bitsiness  was  to  cotisider 
ways  to  increase  future  attendance.  4’he 
next  mini-rettnion  w ill  be  Ttiesday,  Octo- 
ber 21,  2UI)3.  Free  garage  and  parking 
arrangements  will  be  a\  allable  and,  should 
some  wish  to  carpool,  the  .Alumnae  .Affairs 
staff  will  help  make  transportation 
arrangements. 

Eleanor  Johnson  has  retired  as  co- 
\ ice-president,  lea\  ing  Elizabeth  Bishop 
Trussell  to  share  the  co-\-ice-presidency 
with  Estelle  De  Vito. 

.Another  class  member  who  could  not 
attend  the  retinion  was  Victoria  Hughes 
Reiss,  who  had  jitst  learned  of  the  tragic 
death  of  her  son,  Tom,  in  'I'haUand.  Sitice 
then.  Elizabeth  represented  us  at  the  Octo- 
ber 19  memorial  senlcc  at  St.  Mark's 
Church  in  New  York.  Elizabeth  learned 
that  it  was  not  a .swimming  accident,  but 
was  due  to  an  tinsu.spectcd  heart  condition. 
'I'he  senlce  was  a wonderful  trilrute  from 
I'om’s  friends,  w'ho  knew  and  lo\'ed  hirn  as 
an  artist  and  teacher  in  photography. 

On  a lighter  note,  Greta  Eisen- 
menger  Neelsen  reports  that  she  actual- 
h'  went  skydhlng  o\’er  Monterey  Bay  last 
summer.  She  always  seemed  ready  for  any- 
thing! She  says  the  responses  from  friends 
ranged  from  coirgratulations  to  awe  to  dis- 
belief “The  weirdest  of  all  was,  'Did  you 
ha\e  a parachute?’  ’’  .She's  especially  proud 
of  the  article  she  wrote  w hich  was  bought 
and  published  iti  .August  by  the  Mid-County 
Po.st. 

Mary  Donellon  Blohm  was  in  Penn- 
.syh’ania  last  spring  when  Ethel  Stone 
LeFrak  and  her  husband  celebrated  their 
60th  anni\'ersary  at  the  Museum  of  Natur- 
al History  in  New  Abrk.  Mary  was  able  to 
attend,  as  was  Sue  Riley  Clagett  and  her 
husband,  and  was  amused  to  enjoy  a 
delightful  dinner  in  the  Dinosaur  Room, 
with  Donald  Trump  and  other  celebrities. 
She  thought  the  location  was  \’ery  ap]Dro- 
priate  for  peojrle  of  our  \ intage. 

.After  se\’cral  tries,  I hnally  reached 
Addie  Bostelmann  Higgins,  in  her 
Florida  home.  She  is  hacing  probletns  with 
a bone  condition  but  may  be  using  the 


f'orced  curtailment  of  her  \-er\-  acti\  e life  to 
work  on  the  book  about  her  Red  Cross 
work  during  and  after  AVbrlcl  War  II  in 
London,  Paris,  Germany  and  .Austria. 

-JRM 

Athena  Capraro  Warren 
21  Village  Hill  Road 
Williamsburg,  MA  01096 

Jane  Ringo  Murray 
8090  Hwy.  A1A  South,  #503 
St.  Augustine,  FL  32080-8365 
jmurray22@juno.com 


Marian  Heineman  Rose  is  still  presi- 
dent of  the  Croton  Watershed  Clean 
AVater  Coalition,  an  organization  of  more 
than  50  pollution-conscious  groups 
throughout  New  Abrk  City  and  Westch- 
ester and  Putnam  Counties.  Their  aim  is 
to  protect  and  improxe  the  sources  of  New 
Abrk’s  drinking  w’ater  in  the  Croton 
AVatershed,  thereby  a\oiding  expensive 
water  puriheation  systems. 

Helen  Baker  Cushman  is  the  local 
president  of  the  PEO  sisterhood,  an  organ- 
ization de\’oted  to  supporting  education  for 
women  at  home  and  abroad.  They’re  espe- 
cially interested  in  assisting  mature  w'omen 
who  are  seeking  to  start  their  education  late 
in  life.  Dorothy  Sherman  Caswell, 
whose  home  in  Take  Carmel,  N.Y,  was 
destroyed  when  a gas  furnace  expktded  h\'e 
years  ago,  is  now  reco\’ered  from  her 
injuries.  She  is  setded  in  her  replacement 
house  and  is  Ending  life  almost  “boring.” 
Mabel  Schubert  Foust  looked  forward 
to  seeing  her  three  great-great  grandchil- 
dren (!)  for  the  winter  holidays. 

Joan  Brown  Wettingfeld  had  a knee 
replacement  and  is  reco\’ering  niceh;  Ruth 
Young  Chrekjian  is  99%  reco\ered  from 
her  heart  b\pass  surgery.  .She  and  her  hus- 
Irand  will  be  lea\ing  New  Jersey  for  their 
w inter  home  on  Hilton  Head,  .S.C.,  as  soon 
as  grandchild-sitting  arrangements  can  be 
made. 

Glafyra  Fernandez  Ennis  was  in 
Melbourne  in  October  for  the  2002  AAbrlcl 
.Master  Games.  There  were  more  than 
22,000  competitors  from  97  countries. 
Glabra  officiated  at  29  badminton  match- 
es and  won  three  gold  and  two  sil\’er 
medals.  She  was  able  to  do  some  sightsee- 
ing and  \isited  the  Ballarat  AVildhfe  Park. 
Here  koalas,  wombats,  kangaroos,  Tas- 
manian De\ils,  wallabies,  goannas  and 
other  nati\e  animals  roam  in  natural 
surroundings. 

.A  collection  of  28  short  stories  by  die 


ev 


38  Barnard  AA'in  if.r  2003 


late  Patricia  Highsmith,  was  recently 
published  under  the  title  Nothing  Meets  the 
Eye.  Several  of  our  classmates  still  remem- 
ber the  trauma  of  freshman  English  class 
under  the  shadow  of  both  Patricia  High- 
smith and  Sigrid  De  Lima  Greene,  who 
were  already  emerging  authors. 

Anyone  interested  in  getting  together 
with  classmates  this  t\inter  for  a mini- 
reunion in  Florida,  please  call  Rosalie 
Geller  Altman  at  561-736-0365. 

Barbara  Heinzen  Colby 
1200  North  Nash  St.,  #1118 
Arlington,  VA  22209 

Virginia  Rogers  Cushing 
921  Schooner  Circle 
Annapolis,  MD  21401-6846 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Martha  Jane  Livesay  Whiteside 
380  Hart  Road 
Lexington,  KY  40502-2328 
859-266-8718 


Extra  Copies  ol  Mortartord  and 
Ollier  Darnard-Oelaled  Books 

The  Barnard  College  Archives  is  making  available  extra  copies  of  selected 
volumes  of  Mortarboard,  the  College  yearbook,  dating  back  to  the  1920s,  as 
well  as  volumes  of  the  Announcement  and  Catalogue  dating  back  to  the 
1940s.  Also  available  are  a limited  number  of  Barnard-related  volumes, 
including  Many  a Good  Crusade  and  A Hoard  for  Winter,  both  by  Virginia  C. 
Gildersleeve;  Barnard  Beginnings  by  Annie  Natban  Meyer;  Barnard  College 
Song  Book  (1925);  To  the  Gods  of  Hellas:  Lyrics  of  the  Greek  Games  at 
Barnard  College  (1930);  and  A History  of  Barnard  College  by  Marian 
Churchill  White. 

Any  of  these  volumes  may  be  obtained  by  contacting  Donald  Glassman, 
Barnard  College  Archivist,  3009  Broadway,  New  York,  NY  10027;  telephone: 
212-854-4079;  e-mail:  dglassma@barnard.edu.  Requests  will  be  handled  on 
a first-come,  first-served  basis  and  $10  per  volume  is  requested  to  cover 
postage. 


Our  condolences  to  Mary  Davis 
Williams,  whose  husband  passed  away 
in  August.  They  met  while  she  attended 
Barnard  and  he  was  at  the  Navy  Midship- 
man School  across  the  street.  After  being 
apart  during  his  sendee  in  the  Pacific,  they 
married  in  1948,  proof  that  blind  dates 
(Barnard’s  1942  Junior  Prom)  can  presage 
happy  endings.  The  class  extends  deep 
sympathy  to  Mary  and  her  family,  includ- 
ing her  sister,  Elizabeth  Da\ds  Graf  ’52, 
and  daughter,  Brooke  Williams  Durland 
’72. 


Astrith  Deyrup  still  Ih’es  on  the  same 
street  (Riverside  Drive)  as  she  did  when 
attending  college,  although  she  now  resides 
in  a different  building.  Her  activities  reflect 
her  joy  in  sharing  knowledge  with  others. 
She  writes:  “I  continue  my  life-long  lo\’e  of 
batik  designing;  I am  a member  of  art  fac- 
ulty at  New  School  University;  and  enjoy 
showing  and  selling  batiks  in  community' 
exhibitions.  I also  love  acrylic  painting,  and 
will  be  gri  ing  classes  in  enamel  designing 
at  the  Council  Senior  Center  in  New  York 
City.” 

Alice  Eaton  Harris  vvaites:  “Though 
Pm  no  longer  teaching  piano  or  harpsi- 
chord, I have  a fortepiano  (Mozart-type) 
and  am  preparing  for  a third  recital.  I draw 
a smaU  audience  because  I play  in  small 
quarters  and  my  repertoire  is  limited  to 
late  18th  and  early  19th  centuries.  The 
time  span  provides  me  with  endless  mate- 


rial; however,  and  on  an  instrument  that 
we  built  in  the  late  1970s.  I am  also  catch- 
ing up  on  reading,  especially  history,  which 
I neglected  during  my  formal  education.” 

For  “her  major  contributions  to  .Amer- 
ican literature  and  Armenian  culture,” 
Marjorie  Housepian  Dobkin  was  hon- 
ored at  Columbia’s  Armenian  Center  last 
April.  The  Armenian  Mirror- Spectator  proudly 
cited  her  accomplishments:  “For  nearly 
half  a century,  Dobkin  has  been  a trail- 
blazing  figure  in  Armenian-.American  cul- 
ture and  the  most  prominent  Armenian 
woman  writer  in  English  in  the  20th  cen- 
tury. Her  first  novel,  A Household  of  Luve, 
was  ...  a New  York  Times  best-seller  . . . 
Her  seminal  book,  Smyrna  1922  (1971), 
remains  the  definith'e  study  of  the  Turkish 
burning  of  Smyrna  and  has  become  a clas- 
sic.” At  the  reception,  testimonials  and 
readings  were  gi\'en  by  friends  and  associ- 
ates, including  Jean  Vandervoort 
Cullen. 

My  sister,  Eunice  Messier  ’52,  and  I 
attended  a lecture  gi\'en  by  Mary  Cather- 
ine Bateson,  daughter  of  Margaret  Mead 
’23,  at  Mary  Baldwin  College  in  Staunton, 
Va.  A professor  of  anthropolog'y,  Mary 
Catherine  reiterated  the  importance  of 
equipping  women  with  leadershijD  skills 
and  the  need  for  parents,  mentors  and 
other  caring  adults  to  pro\’ide  opportuni- 
ties for  young  g'irls  to  e.xpcrience  leadership 
roles  early  in  life. 

As  I hear  about  the  talents  of  class- 


mates, I yearn  to  see  their  artwork,  and 
also  hear  their  poetry  and  prose.  Do  you 
think  a project  of  this  sort  would  be  desir- 
able for  our  next  Reunion? 

Martha  Messier  Zepp 
204  N.  Lewis  St. 
Staunton,  VA  24401 
540-886-1708 
zeppma@ntelos.net 


Ruth  Bischoff  Hucklebridge  had  a 

lovely  reunion  in  France  recently  with 
Harriet  Hanley,  who  lites  in  \’ichy. 
During  their  years  at  Barnard,  Ruth  and 
Harriet  shared  adjoining  rooms  in  Brooks 
Hall  and  spent  holidays  at  each  other’s 
homes  in  the  Midwest.  Harriet  became  a 
pediatrician  and  mo\'ed  to  France.  ()\’er 
the  years  the  two  lost  touch,  but  on  a 
recent  \acation,  Harriet  and  Ruth  spent 
an  afternoon  together  in.  Ruth  is  amazed 
by  how  fluent  Harriet  has  become  in 
French  and  French  culture.  She  reports, 
“The  meeting  ended  too  soon.  There 
were  tears  in  my  eyes  when  we  departed.” 

As  I write  this,  I am  blissfully  listening 
to  the  coos  of  my  newest  granddaughter 
who  has  been  named  after  me!  Daisy 
Newkirk  Billington  was  born  in  June,  and 
w-e’x'e  been  ha\'ing  a wonderful  time  get- 
ting acquainted.  She  joins  sisters 
Francesca,  5,  and  Zoc,  10.  I do  lo\'c  grand- 
motherhood! 

Daisy  Fornacca  Kouzel 


Wi.xTER  2003  Barnard  39 


c/o  Billington 
1 1 02  Stanford  St. 
Santa  Monica,  CA  90403 
310-829-7998 
billingtons@earthlink.net 


Margaret  Kee  Marr  and  her  husband, 
Gilberi,  returned  from  a lour  of  Ciliina 
with  their  older  son  and  his  wife.  I’liey 
trax’cled  to  Beijing.  Yiain  and  Shanghai. 
Since  all  of  their  grandchildren  went  to 
college  in  the  East,  they  spend  a lot  of  time 
trat’cling  front  Galifornia  to  x'isit  and  go  to 
their  graduations.  Margaret  belongs  to  the 
.\ssocialion  of  Ghinese  Cooking  Teachers 
and  enjoys  doing  cooking  demonstrations 
and  going  to  their  meetings.  “I  still  lo\’e  to 
cook  because  (iilbert  and  our  friends 
enjoy  the  Chinese  food  that  I make,"  she 
writes. 

Margaret  ga\'c  up  downhill  skiing  four 
years  ago  after  her  oldest  grandchild  -—who 
was  on  the  National  Ski  Batrol  ~ad\ised 
her  to  stop  because  many  women  in  their 
70.S  break  their  bones  when  they  fall.  She 
now  does  t\  ater  exercises. 

Isabel  Schetlin  McNeil  lives  in 
Longmeadow,  Mass.,  and  has  a prh'atc 
practice  in  clinical  social  work  in  Spring- 
field.  Mass.  She  recehed  her  master's 
degree  from  .Smith  College  .School  of 
Social  Work  in  1948.  “I  retired  from  West- 
ern New  England  College  in  1989,  where  I 
was  assistant  professor  of  social  work  and 
am  enjoying  both  my  professional  and  per- 
sonal life,”  she  writes. 

East  October,  Barbara  Keltz 
Norante  and  her  husband  made  a trip 
from  their  home  in  Butler,  Pa.,  to  his  home 
state  of  New  Jersey.  Wdiilc  there,  the)'  also 
spent  some  time  in  New  York.  "It  was  \'eiT 
nostalgic  dri\ing  down  Rix’erside  Dri\’c, 
bringing  back  so  many  hajrp)'  memories  of 
the  Barnard  years,”  she  writes.  The)’  tra\’el 
often,  most  recently  taking  trips  to  the  I'in- 
ger  Eakes  Region  in  New  \’ork  and  to  the 
Biltmore  estate  in  North  Carolina.  After 
their  four  children  left  the  nest,  Barbara 
and  her  husband  moved  to  a one-ston' 
home.  She  does  light  gardening,  and  sever- 
al )ears  ago.  Barbara  became  a "gold  life 
master"  in  bridge  and  enjoys  playing  at  the 
Butler  Duplicate  Bridge  Club.  Her  other 
favorite  pastime  is  reading.  "1  still  enjo)' 
learning  new  things  and  tn'  to  be  current 
in  in)'  thinking.  I think  Barnard  was  just  the 
place  to  instill  a lifelong  interest  in  learning. 
M)’  fond  regards  to  all  my  classmates,"  she 
writes. 

Emily  O’Connor  Pernice  writes 


from  Trenton,  N,J.:  "Patti  and  1 are  in  a 
retirement  place  called  Seabrook  \’illagc. 
Activities  are  abitndanl  and  we  keep  busy. 
Before  tnoving  here  we  took  tours  to 
Eitrope  to  Asia,  so  I could  see  all  the  places 
Patti  visited  during  his  working  years.  Now 
oitr  three  married  daughters  and  five 
grandchildren  keep  us  busy.  Helen 
Doherty  Clark  and  I are  able  to  get 
together  now.  Eor  26  )'ears,  Paul  and  1 were 
in  North  Carolina,  and  .so  it  is  nice  to 
renew  Helen’s  friend.shi]5  in  Newjer.sey.” 

Joan  Leff  Lipnick  Abelson  wrote  in 
a tribute  about  her  "beloved  classmate  and 
dear  friend,”  art  historian  Rena  Neu- 
mann Coen,  who  passed  away  in  Octo- 
ber 2001.  She  writes,  "Although  we  didn’t 
always  live  in  the  same  communit);  our 
friendship  flourished  for  more  than  half  a 
centLiiy  She  was  a most  unusual,  giving 
and  loving  person.” 

"Rena  made  light  of  her  health  prob- 
lems and  had  boitndlcss  energ)'  and  stami- 
na, raising  three  children  with  love  and 
understanding  while  teaching  and  writing 
many  important  and  beautiful  books. 

“Rena’s  devotion  to  her  husband,  chil- 
dren and  friends  was  extraordinan'.  She 
took  great  pride  in  her  daughter,  Deborah 
Cloen  ’74,  a skilled  psychiatrist.  Rena  fol- 
lowed the  careers  of  her  filmmaker  sons; 
Joel  and  Ethan  Coen,  with  great  interest, 
protecting  their  privacy  and  recognizing 
the  importance  of  ’their  going  their  sweet 
ways  and  ni)-  going  mine.’  I continue  to 
miss  Rena  and  feel  privileged  to  have  been 
part  of  her  life,  a life  of  accomplishment, 
dedication  and  loving  relationships.” 

Susan  Weaver 
Beaver  Meadow  Road 
Marshfield,  VT  05658 
802-426-3371 


Marilyn  Mittelman  Check  now  spends 
her  time  between  Connecticut  and  Flori- 
da— six  months  in  each  slate.  Grace  Retz 
Donald  missed  Reunion  because  her 
grandson  came  home  from  school  that 
weekend.  She  and  her  husband  arc  in 
good  health  and  have  lived  in  New  York 
for  40  years.  Helen  Trevor  Vietor’s 
teaching  Job  in  Houston  prevented  her 
from  joining  us.  Nan  Austin  Doggett,  in 
Myersville,  Md.,  is  a retired  Christian  edu- 
cator, but  still  plans  trips  for  senior  citizens, 
organizes  foreign  policy  discussion  groups, 
helps  out  at  the  ecumenical  school  of  reli- 
gion in  which  she  taught  and  enjoys  fami- 
ly gatherings  and  her  travels.  In  2000,  she 
and  her  husband,  Carroll,  led  a group  to  a 


passion  pla)-  in  German)’.  They  spend  two 
months  a year  in  Florida,  and  she  still  gar- 
dens in  a big  way-  an  orchard,  a v’eg- 
etable  garden,  numerous  flower  gardens 
and  a greenhouse! 

Barbara  (Bobbie)  Byrne  Johnson 

and  her  husband,  Carl,  live  in  W'ilmette, 
111.  They  met  in  1953  at  the  North  Shore 
Eheatre  Co.,  where  he  still  builds  sets  and 
she  is  now  president  of  the  group  and 
house  manager.  The  same  year,  they  also 
encountered  each  other  at  the  Methodist 
church  where  she  has  been  sing-ing  alto 
since  returning  from  New  York  after  com- 
jrleting  a master’s  degree  in  dance  and  cor- 
rectiv’e  physical  education  and  teaching  for 
a year  at  Barnard.  She  has  three  children 
and  one  grandchild. 

Nancy  Nachman  Kops  and  her  hus- 
band, Dan,  are  retired  and  split  their  time 
between  Clonnecticut  and  Florida,  where 
they  enjoy  v’isits  from  their  three  children 
and  sev’en  grandchildren.  Nancy  also 
enjoved  seeing  Georgia  Rubin  Mittel- 
man last  w inter  in  Florida. 

Joan  Boro-wik  Kolobielski  still  lives 
outside  of  Baltimore.  She  has  retired  from 
the  ps)’chology  facult)'  of  Harford  Com- 
munit)’ College,  but  still  conducts  adult 
jrrograms  on  grief  and  loss.  Her  hobbies 
include  gardening,  reading  and  bridge. 

Marie  Beltram  Mcllvennan  was 
chair  of  Denv  er’s  Jefferson  County  junior 
high  school’s  foreign  language  department 
and  retired  in  1992.  She  is  busy  with  fund 
raising  for  her  church,  board  duties  and 
heading  v arious  charitv'  groups,  including 
the  Red  Cross.  She  and  her  husband  hav  e 
traveled  in  Europe  and  the  United  States 
and  enjoy  Elclerhostel  trips.  She  enjoys  gar- 
dening and  walking. 

Dorothy  Lo-we  Nieweg  and  her  hus- 
band are  still  activ  e in  .Arlington,  Va.,  vol- 
unteering with  the  League  of  Women  Vot- 
ers, helping  in  the  local  schools  and  the 
public  broadcasting  station,  enjo)’ing  the 
Jane  Austen  Society  meetings  and  visiting 
their  local  health  club  “to  keep  up  our 
strength.”  They  have  two  children  and 
three  grandchildren. 

Lucille  Weekstein  Plotz  and  her 
husband,  Charles,  continue  to  live  in 
BrookHn  Heights.  Lucille  works  at  the 
Brookl)’!!  Botanic  Garden  and  chairs  their 
annual  plant  sale  (she  returned  to  Barnard 
to  finish  her  degree  in  botany  in  1964). 
She  and  Charles  spend  summers  in 
Martha’s  A’ineyard  and  take  advantage  of 
New  Abrk  theaters  and  museums.  They 
have  three  sons  and  sev’en  grandchildren. 

Marion  Gluck  Rothman  lost  her 


40  Barnard  Win  i kr  2003 


husband  last  year  and  says  she’s  getting- 
back  to  normal,  walking  and  jogging  10  to 
1 2 miles  a week,  playing  golf  and  garden- 
ing. She  works  for  the  League  of  Women 
Voters.  She  has  trax'elcd  to  Cuba  and  Ice- 
land, and  driven  long  trips.  She  adds,  “Do 
you  remember  seeing  the  old  ladies  at 
reunions?  It’s  amazing  how  my  classmates 
have  stayed  20  ...  ne\'er  old,  just  Barnard 
girls!” 

Nancy  Cameron  Dickinson,  our 
former  fund-raiser,  would  like  to  thank  all 
those  who  assisted  her:  Nancy  Harris 
Brach,  Florence  Shepard  Briesmeis- 
ter,  Jeanne-Marie  Kranich  Cleaves, 
Marguerite  Traeris  Harris-Chinkel, 
June  Felton  Kapp,  Georgia  Rubin 
Mittelman,  Dorothy  Lowe  Nieweg, 
Charlotte  Hanley  Scott  and  Jane 
Allen  Shikoh.  They  did  a splendid  job! 

Betty  Warburton  Rizzo 
40  Earle  Place 
New  Rochelle,  NY  10801 
914-636-4205 
BettRizzo@aol.com 

Aline  Crenshaw  Desbonnet 
2 Birchwood  Court,  # 3M 
Mineola,  NY  11501-4525 
516-  294-6829 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Our  class  planning  committee  met  in  New 
York  last  October  to  lay  the  groundwork 
for  a Reunion  that  promises  to  be  exciting 
and  memorable,  so  mark  your  calendars 
now:  Thursday,  May  29  through  Sunday, 
June  1.  It’s  not  too  late  to  volunteer  for 
special  projects  that  will  be  getting  into 
gear  by  the  time  you  read  this.  You  can 
help  even  if  you  live  across  the  country 
from  New  York.  Contact  our  class  presi- 
dent, Nora  Robell,  at  2518  Avenue  1, 
Brooklyn,  NY  11210-2830.  Phone:  718- 
338-1949.  Watch  your  mailbox  for  the 
official  program  and  registration  from  the 
Alumnae  Affairs  office.  As  in  the  past,  we 
welcome  your  spouse  or  other  guest  at  any 
and  all  e\'ents. 

In  addition  to  the  lectures,  panel  dis- 
cussions and  other  events  open  to  alumnae 
of  all  classes,  we’re  planning  special  activi- 
ties just  for  us  and  our  guests,  including  a 
dinner  Thursday  at  Lincoln  Center,  with 
the  option  of  attending  a ballet  perform- 
ance or  Broadway  theater;  our  Friday 
night  Reunion  dinner  and  an  afternoon 
cocktail  party  interactive  group  RAP  ses- 
sion on  Saturday  (remember  our  1 998  dis- 
cussion, spearheaded  by  Muriel  Fox’s 


provocative  ciuestions?).  In  additions,  all- 
class programs  include  a gala  dinner  on 
Saturday  night  and  Sunday  morning,  a 
memorial  service  to  honor  classmates  who 
are  no  longer  with  us,  followed  by  a 
brunch.  Sunday  afternoon,  classmates 
ha\'e  suggested  a walking  tour  of  Ground 
Zero  and  downtown  Manhattan.  If  you 
would  like  an  alternate  tour  or  museum 
visit,  let  us  know.  Phis  reunion  is  for  you! 

Carol  Hoffman  Stix  says  she’s 
always  pleasantly  stirprised  at  how  many  of 
the  women  she  meets  are  Barnard  gradu- 
ates. “My  chief  volunteer  activity  contin- 
ues to  be  serving  as  chair  of  our  four-coun- 
ty Planned  Parenthood  affiliate.  Our  just 
retired  CEO,  Francine  Stein  '63,  as  well  as 
three  other  Board  members,  graduated 
from  Barnard,  all  after  1948.  I discover 
o\'er  and  o\’er  again  that  Barnard  women 
are  the  most  interesting,  active  and 
im’oK’ed  people.  I volunteer,  teaching  Eng- 
lish as  a second  language  to  adults.  My 
motivation  is  sharing  the  frustration,  when 
I travel,  of  not  being  able  to  communicate. 
How  much  worse  to  be  in  that  position 
when  you  are  a permanent  resident  having 
to  suiviv'e  and  make  a new  life?” 

Ruth  Meyer  Polin  div  ides  her  time 
between  Okemos,  Mich.,  and  their  winter 
home  in  Green  Valley,  Ariz.  “We  hav'e  the 
best  of  both  worlds,  weather-wise.  Our 
family  consists  of  three  children  and  six 
grandchildren  (ages  3 to  21),  who  live  in 
Michigan,  Ohio  and  Georgia.”  Ruth 
regrets  that  she  won’t  be  able  to  attend 
Reunion,  but  sends  everyone  her  best 
wishes. 

We  were  saddened  to  learn  of  the 
death  of  Helen  Pond  McIntyre  last 
September.  ,'\I1  of  us  remember  Helen’s 
distinguished  service  to  Barnard  in  v'arious 
student  leadership  positions,  as  class  presi- 
dent, president  of  the  Alumnae  Associa- 
tion (1975  to  1978),  and  Barnard  trustee. 

We  will  miss  Helen  and  always  remem- 
ber her.  We’re  sure  each  of  you  can  add 
your  own  stories  about  her  and  would  love 
to  hear  them.  A ceremony  celebrating  the 
liv'es  of  Helen  and  other  classmates  who 
are  no  longer  with  us  whl  be  part  of  the 
memorial  service  on  Sunday  morning, 
June  1,  concluding  Reunion  weekend. 
Please  try  to  attend. 

For  information  about  Reunion  activi- 
ties, go  to  www.barnard.edu/alum/ 
reunion/reunion2003.html.  If  you’d  like 
to  subscribe  to  the  class  listserv,  and 
Barnard  does  not  already  have  your  e-mail 
address,  send  an  e-mail  to 
majordomo@barnard.edti.  Leave  the  sub- 


ject line  blank  and  ivpe  "subscribe  bc48” 
as  the  text  of  the  message. 

Frances  Jeffery  Abramowitz 
10371  Lake  Vista  Circle 
Boca  Raton,  FL  33498 


June  Billings  Ingraham,  an  av  id  liirdci; 

was  inteiviewed  in  the  Sanibel  Island  Sun,  in 
Florida.  She  and  her  husband.  Bob,  have 
been  much-appreciated  volunteers  at  the 
“Ding”  Darling  Wildlife  Refuge  since 
1994.  She  estimates  that  she  has  helped 
some  800,000  visitors  learn  about  the 
refuge.  June  also  gave  a personal  tour  to 
Martha  Gross  Fink  and  her  husband, 
Max.  June  is  in  the  Fort  Myers  telephone 
book  and  is  ready  to  give  similar  tours  to 
all  her  classmates.  She  and  Bob  spend 
their  summers  in  Palermo,  Maine,  w'here 
they  restored  an  1830  farmhouse  situated 
on  a small  pond  with  1 00  acres  of  woods 
behind  it.  They  hav^e  fiv'e  children  and 
numerous  grandchildren  between  them. 
One  of  June’s  sons  is  on  his  second  tour  of 
duty  in  Australia;  the  other  son  manages  a 
barbeque  restaurant  in  California.  Her 
daughter  teaches  special  education  in 
Jackson  Hole,  Wyo. 

Mary  Schofield  Conway  continues 
her  volunteer  work  as  a docent  at  the 
Newark  Museum  in  New  Jersey.  Her 
recent  trawls  included  visits  to  museums  in 
IMoscovv,  St.  Petersburg,  Madrid  and 
Barcelona.  She  flies  to  southern  California 
at  least  twice  a year  to  visit  her  two  sons 
and  her  granddaughter. 

Patricia  Cecere  Doumas  called  to 
inform  me  of  the  death  of  her  veiy  good 
friend,  Jean  De  Santo  MacLaren,  on 
September  1 9.  We  are  so  sorry  to  lose  Jean. 
She  fought  a valiant  battle  with  cancer  for 
many  years  and  made  the  effort  to  travel 
from  Washington  state  to  attend  our  1994 
and  1999  Reunions,  in  .spite  of  her  illness. 
Our  condolences  to  her  husband  and  chil- 
dren. Pat  and  her  husband  liw  in  \Vilton, 
Conn.  She  has  had  a problem  with  Ivine 
disease  in  recent  years,  but  takes  joy  in 
being  with  her  granddaughter,  6,  who  lives 
nearby.  Pat  frequently  gets  together  with 
her  100-year-old  mother,  who  is  still  quite 
independent. 

Marilyn  Karmason  writes  in  that 
her  book,  Majolica:  A Complete  History  and 
Illustrated  Survey,  w-as  published  last  year  (see 
“Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

I look  fonvard  to  hearing  all  of  you. 
Start  exchanging  ideas  about  our  55th 
reunion, 

-YDD 


Winter  2003  Barnard  4 1 


BBPW 


Serving  alumnae  for 
more  than  25  years 


Members  and  nonmembers: 
Join  us  at  these  upcoming 
events: 

Thursday,  March  20 

Going  Out  on  Your  Own: 
Legal  and  Tax  Considerations 
of  Starting  Your  Own  Busi- 
ness 

Sunday,  April  6 

Presentation  Skills  Workshop: 
Speak  with  Confidence 


BBPW  provides  networking  and  career  development  opportu- 
nities for  alumnae  through  monthly  workshops  and  events, 
special  interest  roundtables,  an  annual  reception  and  dinner,  a 
membership  directory,  savings  on  professional  management 
training  and  more.  Become  a member!  Register  online  at 
www.bbpw.org 

For  further  information  on  events,  visit  www.bbpw.org,  or 
call  the  BBPW  announcement  line,  212-479-7969. 

Questions?  E-mail  Jessie  Clark  '76,  membership  director,  at 
jclark@bbpw.org 


Rosary  Scacciaferro  Gilheany 
1 1 Glenside  Trail 
Califon,  NJ  07830 
gilheany@goes.com 

Yvette  Delabarre  DeFelice 
31 1 Main  St. 
Ridgefield  Park,  NJ  07660 
201-641-0668;  fax:  201-814-0247 
yd31 1 @aol.com 


.Attending  the  mini-reunion  in  October,  in 
New  York  Itinch  followed  by  a perform- 
ance of  "She  Stoop.s  to  Conquer  "at  the 
Pearl  'Theater  Comjrany — were  Rose 
Sgammato  Annis,  .Marilyn  Heggie  de 
Lalio  49.  Noreen  McDonough  Fuerst- 
man,  Gail  Gould,  Ruth  Enders 
Greenamyer.  Irma  Socci  Moore. 
Gloria  Spamer  Rennert.  Marquerite 
(Meg)  Maier  Rothschild.  Mildred 
Moore  Rust.  Marie  Sarafianos 
Sichrovsky.  Cecile  Singer.  Bernice 
Fiering  Solomon,  Margarida  (Guida) 
Pyles  West,  Marjorie  (Peggy)  Lange. 
Roselin  Seider  Wagner. 


I'm  sorry  to  report  that  Victoria 
Thomson  Romig’s  husband,  Re\'.  l)a\  id 

Romig,  died  last  October.  On  behalf  of 
otir  class,  I offer  Mckie  and  their  tliree  sons 
and  four  daughters  our  profotmd  sympa- 
thy. 

Carolyn  Kimmelfield  Balleisen 

remarks  that,  “.\t  our  age,  news  is  general- 
h'  aches  and  jtains  and  assorted  troubles, 
like  m\'  continued  reco\’ery  from  rotatftr 
cuff  repair.  But  that  certainly  isn’t  news- 
wortlw.”  CiaroKn  continues  to  practice  law 
with  Tilford  Dobbins  .Vlexander  Buckaway 
and  Black  in  Loui.s\'ille,  Ky,  specializing  in 
estate  planning  and  charitable  work.  .She 
says  her  most  interesting  project  is  working 
with  'The  .African  .American  Heritage 
Foundation  to  dexclop  the  Kentucky  Cen- 
ter for  .African  .American  Heritage. 

Charlotte  Jarvis  Brewer  says  things 
are  “essentially  status  quo.”  She's  active 
politically  in  Maryland,  where  she  helped 
her  state  senator,  Christoher  A'an  Hollen, 
Jr.,  get  elected  to  Congress  in  the  fall. 

Jean  Moore  Cooper  has  retired  from 
her  interior  dcsigu  btisiness  and  can’t  get 
used  to  being  home  after  working  for  52 


years,  with  no  office  to  go  to,  but  guesses 
that  she’ll  soon  adjust.  Vera  Polgar  John- 
Steiner  is  a professor  of  linguistics  and 
education  at  the  Unh'ersitv'  of  New  Mexi- 
co. Last  fall,  she  taught  at  Teachers  College 
at  Columbia  University  and  attended  a few 
cx’ents  at  Barnard.  She  says  it  was  wonder- 
ful to  share  the  College’s  spirit  and  com- 
mitment to  ideas.  She  also  enjoy'ed  the 
company  of  her  children  and  gTandchO- 
dren.  Her  research  interests  include  cogni- 
tive psychology,  bilingualism,  women’s 
studies  and  creath’ity. 

Sister  Ruth  (Mary)  Juchter,  OSH,  is 
still  trax’eling  in  the  United  .States,  having 
given  up  overseas  trav'el  when  she  returned 
from  Ghana  in  January  2001.  Last  fall  she 
went  to  Seattle  and  to  Charlotte  N.C.,  for  a 
family  wedding.  “If  possible,  I’m  a more 
avid  reader  than  ever  in  these  latter  days  of 
my  life,”  she  says. 

Rita  Abrams  Kaufman  tutors  chU- 
chen  and  adults  in  such  subjects  as  reading, 
language  skills,  French  and  S.ATs  at  the 
Huntington  Learning  Center.  “I  love  it! 

The  progress  made  by  those  who  want  to 
learn  is  sometimes  astounding,”  she  says. 

Elizabeth  Aschner  Laster  writes, 

“Perhaps  'no  news  is  good  news.’  No  major 
events  to  report  since  Reunion.  My  hus- 
band of  53  years  and  I continue  to  enjoy 
retu'ement,  our  family  and  the  freedom  to 
pursue  our  favorite  activities  and  hobbies. 

W’c  only  wish  there  were  peace  hi  the 
world.” 

Marie  Noyes  Murray’s  daughter, 

Kathryn,  was  voted  Realtor  of  the  year  of 
the  northern  neck  of  \irginia.  .Anyone  e 

interested  in  the  artwork  of  Marie’s  daugh- 
ter, Bonnie,  may  view  it  on  the  Internet  at 
vvvvvv.bonniemurray.com 

Trudy  Busch  Schultz  writes,  “No 
retirement  in  sight.  We’re  still  involved  in 
our  furniture  design  business, 
(wvvvv.richardschultz.com)  and  enjoying 
three  wonderful  grandchildren,  ages  2 to  5. 

Feeling  very  lucky!” 

Marie  Sarafianos  Sichrovsky  lost 
her  husband,  Karel,  in  October  2000,  and 
since  then  she  ‘‘has  been  'rebuilding’  as  so 
many  others  have,  mainly  centered  on  the 
grounds  and  gardens  at  my  co-op  and  at 
my  chtirch.” 

Marie  Ruth  von  Phul  Willcox  left 
Barnard  after  two  years,  got  married,  had 
six  kids,  moved  around  the  world  and  has 
been  living  in  southern  California  “for 
ages.”  .She  volunteers  for  various  activities, 
including  being  a docent  at  the  Reagan 
library.  She  was  widowed  six  years  ago,  but 
since  some  of  her  children  and  14  grand- 


42  Barnard  W'i.m  er  2003 


children  Ih'c  nearby  and  she  lo\'es  her 
house,  she  wouldn’t  consider  lea\'ing.  She 
visits  her  sister  Anne  von  Phul  Morgan  ‘47 
once  a year.  The  last  person  she  saw  from 
our  class  was  Irma  Socci  Moore,  many 
years  ago. 

Zelma  McCormick  Huntoon 
78  Broadway 
Northport,  ME  04849 
zhuntoon@aol.com 

Gloria  Spamer  Rennert 
4103  Theall  Road 
Rye,  NY  10580 


Bernice  Liberman  Auslander  and  I 

shared  some  time  together  in  October, 
w'hen  she  rented  a house  in  Falmouth, 
Mass.,  for  a month.  She  came  down  for 
long  weekends  and  we  had  dinner,  did 
some  sightseeing  and  went  to  a Woods 
Hole  Folk  Music  Society  concert  and  gen- 
erally got  caught  up  with  each  other.  Cape 
Cod  is  great  in  the  summer,  but  the  fall  is 
even  nicer,  because  the  crow'ds  are  gone! 

Santa  Fe  and  Taos,  N.M.,  will  be  the 
next  Elderhostel  destination  for  Paula 
Reiner  Cohn  and  yours  truly  in  March. 
Wd’ll  keep  you  posted  on  our  adventures. 

Anneke  Baan  Verhave 
134  Colonial  Way 
Falmouth,  MA  02540 
averhave@aol.com 


Classmates  living  within  traveling  distance 
of  New  York  City  attended  a number  of 
Barnard’s  outstanding  events  last  fall. 


who  also  want  to  avoid  stagnation,”  she 
notes.  \’isit  wvwv.mvilr.sunyit.edu  for  infor- 
mation about  these  classes. 

Our  class  president,  Birgit  Thiberg 
Morris,  and  her  husband.  Bill,  spent 
some  time  with  Nan  Heffelfinger  John- 
son and  her  husband  at  Nan’s  house  on 
the  outer  banks  of  North  Carolina.  High- 
lights included  a stop  at  the  Wright  Broth- 
ers museum  and  the  chance  to  watch  sea 
turdes  hatch  out  of  the  sand. 

Joan  Munkelt  Wilson  reports  from 
South  Pasadena,  Calif,  that  her  post  as 
executive  vice  jtresident  of  Pacilic  States 
University  not  only  keeps  her  busy  but  also 
giv'es  her  a chance  to  travel.  Her  interests 
range  from  gourmet  cooking  to  opera  to 
golfing  and  visiting  with  those  family 
members  wito  li\'e  nearby. 

Joan  also  has  sad  news  to  report.  Class- 
mate Natalie  Olsen  Holland  passed 
away  in  July  I'ollowing  a long  and  cotira- 
geous  batde  with  multijtle  sclerosis.  Otir 
sincere  condolences  to  Natalie’s  husband 
and  their  three  children. 

Roberta  Cockburn  Tollefson 
reports  that  she  lost  her  only  daughter. 
Gale  Olesen  Snyder,  of  /Vmherst,  N.Y,  last 
February.  Our  heartfelt  condolences  to 
Roberta  and  her  family. 

Lest  1 forget,  if  you  send  news  to  me  via 
e-mail,  please  include  your  names  and 
“Class  Notes”  in  the  subject  line.  Other- 
wise, yotir  e-letters  may  be  deleted  tmread. 
Sorry,  btit  I’m  veiy  virus-conscious! 

Margaret  (Peggy)  Collins  Maron 
220  E.  31st  St. 

Brooklyn,  NY  11226-5504 
pegmaron@aol.com 


These  included  a lecture  by  Virginia  C. 
Gildersleev'e  Professor  David  Wiles 
“Greek  Theater  and  the  Idea  of  Democ- 
ratic Space,”  in  September,  an  AABC 
luncheon  honoring  author  Hortense  Cal- 
isher  ’32,  and  a discussion  of  the  achieve- 
ments and  challenges  of  Afghanistan 
w'omen  (see  article  on  page  9).  In  October, 
I attended  a symposium  about  war  and 
peace  at  Riverside  Church,  where  Father 
Daniel  Berrigan  was  one  of  the  speakers. 
Now  82,  Father  Berrigan  spoke  as  force- 
fully and  with  as  much  conviction  as  he 
did  four  decades  ago. 

Shirley  Jacobsen  Skahan  lives  in 
Whitesboro,  N.Y,  and  takes  courses  at  the 
Mohawk  Valley  Institute  for  Learning  in 
Retirement,  which  is  affiliated  with  Elder- 
hostel.  Classes  are  held  at  The  State  Uni- 
versity of  New  York  Institute  for  Technol- 
og)' and  are  “a  w'onderful  way  to  keep  the 
brain  cells  twitching  and  to  be  with  others 


NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

We  have  great  news  for  those  traveling  to 
New  York  for  Reunion  (May  29  through 
June  1).  The  Helmsley  Windsor  Hotel  has 
a special  Barnard  rate  of  $127  per  night 
for  a double  room  for  the  retinion  dates. 
They  are  located  at  100  West  58th  Street 
and  can  be  reached  at  212-265-2100  or 
800-742-4318.  It’s  a lov'ely  older  hotel  in 
a great  location  and  the  price  (for  Man- 
hattan) can’t  be  beat!  For  those  who  wish 
to  stay  on  campus  dorm  space  will  also  be 
available  @ $40  per  person  per  night  (e- 
mail  Office  of  ^Alumnae  .Affairs  at:  alum- 
naeaffairs(§barnard.edu  or  call  212-854- 
2005). 

Sue  Harrington  Salomon  wrote 
that  her  youngest  daughter  had  a baby  girl 
last  spring  just  after  receiving  her  Ph.D. 
from  Columbia  in  Buddhism.  Sue’s  oldest 


daughter  has  been  leaching  at  Han  ard  lijr 
several  years.  In  addition  .Sue  has  two 
grandsons,  who  are  her  soifs  children,  and 
the  growing  familv'  keeps  her  busv:  She  is 
also  working  on  crur  reunion  committee,  so 
if  anyone  has  a suggestion  or  two,  contact 
her  at  212-787-3316. 

Janet  Schreier  Shafner’s  oil  paint- 
ings arc  on  exhibit  at  the  Lvman  .\llv  n .Art 
Museum  in  New  London,  Conn.  book 
was  also  released  this  year  of  her  works, 
and  also  senes  as  a catalog  tcj  the  exhibi- 
tion (see  "Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

Stephanie  Lam  Pollack 
30214  Cartier  Drive 
Rancho  Palos  Verdes,  CA  90275 
EPoll30214@aol.com 


Planning  for  our  next  Reunion  has  begun! 
Nine  of  us  met  last  November  for  a tour  of 
the  Genghis  Khan  exhibit  at  the  Metro- 
politan Museum  of  .Art  and,  during  lunch 
aftenvard,  discussed  plans  for  our  “big 
one.”  Those  attending  were  Freda 
Rosenthal  Eiberson,  Joan  Ghiselin, 
Shirley  Henschel,  Jeanine  Parisier 
Plottel,  Laura  Sheskin  Rotstein, 
Marietta  Voglis,  Arlene  Kelley  Winer 
and  yotii's  truly.  They’ve  all  agreed  to  be 
part  of  a reunion  steering  committee,  and 
our  goal  is  to  involve  as  many  jreople  from 
our  class  as  we  can,  and  to  encourage  the 
largest  attendance  possible  at  this  mile- 
stone event.  To  this  end,  we  hope  to 
organize  regioital  meetings  at  different 
locales  throughout  the  countrv’.  Please 
contact  one  of  us  to  voluitteer. 

Our  vice  presidents.  Laura  Sheskin 
Rotstein  and  Joanne  Slater,  are  in 
charge  of  reunion  planning.  Laura  came 
ujr  from  Boca  Raton,  Fla.,  for  this  last 
meeting,  and  for  one  last  October.  Joanne 
mov'ed  to  Prairie  \511age,  Kan.,  last  Janu- 
aiy  to  be  close  to  one  of  her  daughters. 
Our  New  York  v'enue  ibr  meetings  wdl  be 
the  recently  dedicated  new  V’agelos  .Vlum- 
nae  Center.  It  is  a beautiful,  state-of-the-art 
center  on  campus,  located  in  the  renovated 
former  Deanerv. 

.At  our  museum  outing,  I discovered 
that  Jeanine  recently  retired  from  Hunter 
College  and  the  CL^NW  Graduate  Center, 
where  she  sen’ed  as  chair  of  the  depart- 
ment of  romance  languages.  Last  Septem- 
ber she  w'as  named  executive  director  of 
the  New  \brk  Conference  of  the  .Ameri- 
can .Association  of  L’niversitv'  Professors. 
She  encourages  colleagues  and  friends  in 
higher  education  to  contact  her  for  advice 
and  assistance,  if  there  is  the  possibility 


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that  academic  freedom  or  due  process 
rights  iiave  been  violated.  Jeaniiie’s  hu.s- 
band,  Rolan,  continues  to  practice  law;  he 
has  his  own  firm  and  specializes  in  trade- 
marks, copyright  and  intellectual  property. 
I’hcir  three  children  all  have  links  to 
Clolumbia:  Cllaudia.  a physician,  is  married 
to  a graduate  of  Columbia  and  is  in  facul- 
ty practice  at  New  York  University; 
Michael,  a Columbia  graduate,  is  an  archi- 
tect with  the  Empire  State  Corp.;  and 
Philip,  a graduate  of  the  Columbia  School 
of  Engineering,  is  an  executive  with 
Novartis.  They  are  also  the  proud  grand- 
parents of  six  grandchildren. 

Laura  Maioglio  is  featured  in  an  arti- 
cle about  Barnard  alumnae  in  the  food 
industry,  page  3 1 . 

We  also  sadly  learned  that  Freda’s  hus- 
band. Arthur,  passed  aw'ay;  and  so  did  Hcr- 
berta  Benjamin  Schacher's  husband,  Don- 
ald. Since  Freda  dated  /W  thur  while  at 
Barnard,  and  since  Don  W'as  Columbia 
’53,  many  classmates  knew’  them.  We 
extend  our  deepest  condolences  to  their 
families. 

Marlene  Ader  Lerner 
126  Kensington  Oval 
New  Rochelle,  NY  10805 
ACOUSTICO@aol.com 


The  next  gathering  for  the  New  York  met- 
ropolitan area  will  be  on  Wednesday,  May 
7,  at  noon  at  Dawn  Lille’s  home,  34 
Gramercy  Park  East.  RSVP  to  Jane 
Were-Bey  Gardner  at  718-885-1803  or 
myblueboat@aol.com. 

Nan  Kuvin  Schneider’s  husband. 
Bob,  died  suddenly  last  July.  She  and  Bob 
were  married  for  1 9 years.  She  is  trying  “to 
regroup  and  keep  going,”  div'iding  her  time 
between  Delaware  and  Florida.  “Thank 
goodness  I have  four  wonderful  children 
and  seven  grandchildren  and  they  all  have 
been  v'ery  supportiv'e.” 

Sadly,  heartfelt  condolences  are  also 
extended  to  our  classmate,  Susan  Creter 
Sinton  and  her  husband,  Tom,  on  the 
death  of  their  son,  Thomas  E.  Sinton  III, 
at  the  World  Trade  Center  on  9/11.  Tom, 
41,  was  a senior  senior  vice  president  at 
Cantor  Fitzgerald.  Susan  had  lived  in 
Upper  Saddle  River,  N.J.,  for  33  years,  but 
sold  that  home  last  Nov’cmber.  They’  now 
consider  Florida  as  their  permanent 
address  but  spend  the  summers  at  their 
home  in  Vermont. 

Congratulations  to  Isabel  Casson 
Beltzer  and  her  husband,  Morton,  on  the 
birth  of  their  first  grandchild,  a girl  born  to 


their  daughter,  Laura,  and  her  husband. 
Isabel  retired  from  the  Plainfield,  NJ. 
Board  of  Education  in  1995,  hav’ing  taught 
math  at  the  middle  school.  Mort,  a physi- 
cal chemist,  retired  from  Ex.xon  Research 
and  Engineering  Co.  They  enjoy  theater, 
ojtera  and  book  clubs  and  love  visiting 
museums,  attending  classes  at  the  local  col- 
lege and  traveling  to  v’isit  their  children. 

Congratulations  to  Evelyne  Lang  on 
the  marriage  of  her  daughter,  Lynn,  last 
August.  Eveh'ne’s  local  newspaper.  The  Cit- 
izen’s Jbire,  of  Wilkes-Barre,  Pa.,  featured 
an  article  headlined  about  the  five  years 
she  served  as  a courier  for  the  French 
underground  during  World  W ar  II — which 
she  was  awarded  a medal  for  heroism  by 
General  Charles  de  Gaulle,  who  kissed  her 
on  both  cheeks  and  told  her  that  she 
helped  save  France.  When  I phoned  Ev’e- 
lyne  to  discuss  the  amazing  biographical 
digest  contained  in  this  article,  I learned 
even  more  remarkable  facts  about  Ev'e- 
lyne’s  pre-  and  post-Barnard  life.  More  to 
come  in  a future  issue. 

We  had  was  an  impressive  walk 
through  lush  gardens,  lakes  and  bridges 
adorned  w'ith  art,  at  the  September  26 
event  at  the  Grounds  for  Sculpture  in 
Hamilton,  N.J.  LTnexpectedly,  among  the 
art  were  bronze  plaques  of  poetry  that 
Diana  Touliatou  Vagelos  recoguized 
as  the  poems  of  her  friend,  Laura  Fasten, 
who  had  been  honored  as  poet  laureate  of 
Maryland  and  who  had  authored  10 
books  of  poems,  the  latest  being,  The  Last 
Uncle.  Taking  part  in  the  excursion  were 
Doris  Joyner  Griffin  and  her  husband, 
Peter;  Gayle  AboucFiar  Jaeger;  Duane 
Lloyd  Patterson;  Ruth  Sydell  Brown 
Schulman;  Renee  Becker  Swartz; 
Diana  Touliatou  Vagelos,  her  sister 
Thetis  Rcavis,  and  Yolanda  Swee  King 
’56.  Doris  Joy’ner  Griffin  organized  the 
trip  so  well. 

Attending  our  quarterly  lunch  in 
October  at  the  Asia  Society  were  Gisela 
Von  Scheven  Fort,  Jane  Were-Bey 
Gardner,  Carol  Salomon  Gold,  Han- 
nah Salomon  Janovsky,  Barbara 
Banner  Lieberman,  Dawn  Lille,  Flo- 
rence Federman  Mann,  Duane  Lloyd 
Patterson  and  Marcella  Jung  Rosen- 
Sacks. 

The  former  Deanery  has  been  magi- 
cally transformed  into  the  Vagelos  Alum- 
nae Center,  thanks  to  the  generous  gift 
from  Diana  Touliatou  Vagelos  and  her 
husband,  P.  Roy  Vagelos.  A dedication 
and  reception  for  the  center  was  held  last 
October  and  many  area  alumnae  came  to 


the  ev’ent.  A picture  of  the  opening  is  on 
page  6. 

Ariane  Ruskin  Batterberry  is  fea- 
tured in  an  article  about  Barnard  alumnae 
in  the  food  industry,  page  3 1 . 

Joyce  Shimkin  Usiskin 
2 Bellflower  Court 
Princeton,  NJ  08540 
(o)  732-981-3274 
(h)  732-355-0915 
Joyce.Usiskin@judiciary.state.nj.us 
CliveU@aol.com 


Some  members  of  our  class  met  for  a 
mini-reunion  at  the  Jewish  Museum  in 
Manhattan  on  October  1 7.  They  had  din- 
ner, chatted  and  toured  the  exhibit  on  the 
life  and  work  of  Franz  Kafka. 

Those  attending  were:  EUen  Batt, 
Hadassah  Usdan  Bienenfeld,  Toni 
Crowley  Coffee,  Janet  Bersin  Finke, 
Sifrah  Sammell  Hollander,  Phyllis 
Jasspon  Kelvin,  Margorie  Gallanter 
Kopel,  Doris  Nathan,  Gloria  Rich- 
man  Rinderman,  Nancy  Brilliant 
Rubinger  and  Lilly  Spiegel  Schwebel, 
who  arranged  for  the  informative,  private 
docent  tour.  The  women  hope  to  meet 
again  soon,  and  are  investigating  a daytime 
event  in  the  spring  or  early  fall. 

Extra  copies  of  Reunion  booklets  from 
200 1 are  available.  If  anyone  w’ould  like  a 
copy,  they  can  send  a check  for  $ 1 2 (made 
out  to  Barnard  Class  of  1956)  to  Sifi-ah 
Sammell  Hollander,  140-34  69th 
Road,  Flushing,  NT’  1 1367-1616. 


Kathryn  Finegan  Clark 
374  Kintners  Rd. 
Kintnersville,  PA  18930 
kathrynfclark@earthlink.net 


Ellen  Fogelson  Liman  had  a recent 
show  of  her  paintings  at  Soho  Arts  South 
in  Palm  Beach  featuring  still  lifes  and  land- 
scapes. She  has  also  written  and  illustrated 
six  books.  Ellen  was  past  chairwoman  of 
the  New  York  City  Advisory  Commission 
for  Cultural  Affairs.  She’s  studied  art  at  the 
Rlrode  Island  School  of  Design,  the  .\rt 
Students  League,  Columbia  Unh’ersity 
and  the  National  Academy  of  Design.  You 
can  see  her  work  at  ww’w.ellenliman.com. 

Norma  Ketay  Asnes  was  re-appoint- 
ed to  the  board  of  governors  of  the  Joint 
Center  for  Political  and  Economic  Studies. 
She  also  seives  on  the  boards  of  The  Glob- 
al Diversit)’  Foundation  and  the  Theatre 
Development  Fund,  and  is  a member  of 
The  Madison  Council  of  the  Library  of 


44  Barnard  Wi.m'i  er  2003 


Congress,  the  Ad\'isory  Council  For  the 
Har\'ard-Mn’  Dhision  of  Health,  Sci- 
ences and  Technology  and  the  Capital 
Fund  Drive  for  Audubon  Greenwich, 
Conn.  Norma’s  older  granddaughter 
graduated  o\’er  a year  ago  from  Barnard’s 
Toddler’s  Center  and  her  younger  sister, 
Chloe,  2,  is  there  now.  “During  this  past 
summer  they  both  came  to  my  place  in 
Connecticut  two  days  a week  and  were  lit- 
tle farm  hands.  The  two  are  my  first  girls 
after  40  years  of  sons  (Tony,  Andrew  and 
Jimmy,  who  all  live  in  New  York).  Tony  is 
the  girls’  father.” 

Lost  and  found:  Barbara  Rose  is  no 
longer  missing.  A nationally  known  art  his- 
torian, author  and  art  critic,  Barbara  was 
appointed  to  judge  the  2002  Northern 
National  Art  Competition  at  Nicolet  Col- 
lege. She  receh  ed  her  Ph.D.  from  Colum- 
bia, and  also  studied  at  Smith  College  and 
the  Sorbonne.  She  has  taught  at  Yale, 
Sarah  Lawrence,  the  University  of  Califor- 
nia and  the  University  of  Turin.  Co- 
founder of  the  Instituto  Internazionale  dell 
Arte  e Architeturra  in  Corciano,  Italy  Bar- 
bara has  authored  o\'er  20  books.  She  also 
edited  the  Journal  of  Art  and  Arts  Magazine. 
She’s  produced  numerous  films  on  artists 
with  whom  she  has  been  associated, 
including  the  late  Andy  \\  arhol,  Lee  Ki'as- 
ner,  Jackson  Pollack,  Beverly  Pepper  and 
Yves  Kline.  Additionally  she’s  been  cura- 
tor at  the  Houston  Museum  of  Fine  Arts. 
Barbara  was  twice  awarded  the  Mather 
Prize  by  the  College  Art  Association. 

Joyce  Guedalia  Kicelian,  who  wrote 
us  a while  back  that  she’d  returned  to  art 
after  a long  hiatus,  had  an  e.xhibition  in 
May  of  her  artwork  at  the  Wartburg  Adult 
Care  Community  in  Mount  Vernon,  N.Y 
Her  paintings  have  been  shown  in  many 
regional  exhibitions  and  she  had  a solo 
exhibition  at  the  Atelier  Gallery  in  Nev\' 
York  City.  In  addition  to  Barnard,  she  has 
studied  at  Columbia,  the  Art  Students 
League  and  the  American  Art  School. 
Joyce  was  at  Reunion  and  says,  “It  was 
wonderful  seeing  ec'eryone.  Even  if  we  did- 
n’t know  each  other  well  at  Barnard  we 
greeted  one  another  with  the  smiles  and 
joy  of  meeting  long  lost  friends.”  She  adds, 
“Hector  and  I just  returned  from  our  first 
Atlantic  crossing.  It  was  a beautiful  \’oyage 
with  very'  special  sceneiy  in  Iceland  and 
was  so  relaxing.  I’m  enjoying  the  freedom 
of  retirement  and  seem  busier  than  when  I 
was  working.” 

You  can  see  our  class  picture  (Friday 
dinner)  on  our  Barnard  Reunion  Web  site 
(go  to  ww'w.barnard.edu/alum  and  click 


on  Alumnae  Reunion).  Would  any  of  you 
be  interested  in  trying  to  identify  ex'eiyone 
in  the  picture?  Drop  me  a line  if  you  arc. 

Sarah  Pomeroy  had  her  boctk,  SjMi- 
tan  ]\oman,  published  in  2002  by  Oxford 
University  Press  (see  “Books,  etc.,”  page 
15). 

Millicent  Alter 
172  W.  79th  St.,  Apt.  7E 
New  York,  NY  10024 
walkietalkie@alum.barnard.edu 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Betty  Lanier  Jenkins  retired  after  work- 
ing as  a librarian  at  the  City'  College  of 
New  York  for  1 8 years.  She’s  working  on  a 
manuscript,  enjoying  the  company  of 
friends  and  family  and  looking  fonvard  to 
renewing  her  interest  in  pottery.  Betty’s 
son,  Chris,  is  a reporter  for  the  Washington 
Post.  Her  husband,  Del,  teaches  psycholo- 
gy at  New  York  Lhiiversity.  Janet  Lowe 
Gerstman  and  her  husband,  David,  are 
happily  retired  and  living  in  New  Hope, 
Pa.  David  is  a retired  radiologist  with  a 
law  degree,  received  his  M.B.A.  from 
LaSalle  University  in  Philadelphia  last 
May.  Janet  is  the  treasurer  of  their  home- 
owners  association.  She  hopes  we  have  a 
great  turnout  for  Reunion! 

Dr.  Shelley  Brown  retired  from  her 
consultative  practice  of  hematology/ 
oncology'  in  1994  and  as  director  of  the 
blood  bank  at  Lenox  Hill  Hospital  in  1996. 
She  now  has  a second  career  as  an  author, 
editor  and  publisher.  She  recently  edited  a 
biography  of  Swami  Ashokananda  by  Sis- 
ter Gargi  (Marie  Louise  Burke),  which  will 
be  published  by  Kalpa  Tree  Press  in 
March.  Shelley  loved  practicing  medicine, 
but  her  new  endeavors  have  fulfilled  an  old 
need  (she  majored  in  English  literature  at 
Barnard),  and  she  has  been  too  busy  to 
look  back. 

Annelly  Bayles  Deets  writes  that  her 
mother  died  last  June,  one  month  short  of 
her  99th  birthday.  Annelly  is  busy  winding 
up  details,  and  playing  bridge  again.  Her 
husband,  Dick,  has  no  desire  to  retire,  so 
she’s  still  at  work  as  his  bookkeeper  and 
utility'  person.  “It’s  good  for  me!”  she 
writes. 

Vera  Supino  Clark  has  had  an  excit- 
ing year.  She  has  a beautiful  baby  grand- 
daughter, who  came  to  visit  her  at  the 
shore  last  summer.  “I  managed  to  be  at  my 
‘summer  house’  for  three  whole  months  for 
the  first  time!”  Vera  also  visited  friends  in 
Stonington,  Maine,  and  is  sorry  she  won’t 
be  able  to  attend  Reunion. 


Linda  Green  Moscarella  is 
divorced  and  has  lived  in  Taos,  N.M.,  for 
12  years  now.  I’hrough  her  work  v\'ith  non- 
governmental organizations,  she  has  trav- 
eled to  “emerging  democracies,”  including 
Africa  and  East  Eurfjpc,  and  most  recently, 
Korea,  to  talk  about  how  women  and 
other  marginalized  groups  can  be  more 
involved  and  more  inlluentitil  in  govern- 
ment. She  has  su]iervised  elections  and 
voter  registration  Ittr  the  Organization  for 
Security  and  Cooperation  in  the  Balkatis 
and  Europe.  When  not  traveling,  Linda's 
involved  in  her  community  and  skis,  hikes, 
hunts  mushrooms,  pla)-s  tennis  and  enjoys 
the  beautiful  high  mountain  countiy  of 
northern  New  Mexico.  “Like  so  many  oth- 
ers in  my  class,  I'm  retired!”  she  writes. 
“The  bad  news — still  no  grandchildren.” 

Carol  Feldman  Newman  is  a psy- 
chologist in  Washington.  She  practices  her 
cello  in  her  sjiare  time,  and  plays  chamlier 
music  on  occasion.  She  works  out  fre- 
quently and  sees  her  four  grandchildren 
who  fortunately  live  nearby  often.  Her  hus- 
band, Stanle)'  Newman,  Columliia  Law 
’58,  has  retired  from  the  government. 

Rhoda  Lichtig  Kleid  writes,  “I  just 
found  my  old  Mortarboard  in  my  sister's 
house  while  on  a famU)’  \i.sit  to  Philadel- 
phia. Both  the  visit  and  the  yearbook 
brought  back  many  happy  memories.” 
Rlioda  and  her  husband  mo\ecl  to  Palm 
Beach  five  years  ago  from  Pittsburgh.  She 
works  as  a docent  at  the  Norton  Museum 
of  M t,  jiarticipates  in  two  book  groups  and 
enjoys  bridge  and  trai'ding.  “I  kno\s’  I ha\e 
turned  into  a cliche,  but  feel  fortunate  to 
be  enjoying  good  health  and  the  good  life 
at  this  stage  of  my  life,”  she  writes. 

Brenda  Schwabacher  Webster 
reports  that  her  three  grandchildren, 
Guillermo,  Emmet  and  Rose,  are  a major 
pleasure  in  her  life.  It’s  hard  to  think  of 
getting  another  writing  project  started 
w'hen  there  is  so  much  \ibrant  life  going  on 
around  me.  She  wrote  a short  story  that 
will  be  published  in  Jyzzyva. 

Rosian  Bagriansky  Zerner  writes, 
“In  2000  I came  to  terms  that  I was  a 
Holocaust  .sur\i\'or  who  needed  to 
acknowledge  and  re-connect  with  a 
blocked  childhood.”  To  do  so  she  joined 
the  Boston  Child  Sur\i\or  Group,  the 
German/Jev\  ish  Dialogue  Group  and 
returned  to  Lithuania  to  retrace  and 
reclaim  her  lost  childhood.  The  Ger- 
man/Jewish Dialogue  Group  selected  her 
to  attend  an  all-cxpenses-paid,  two-iveck 
seminar  at  the  European  Academy  in 
Berlin  to  study  “Jewish  Eife  in  Re-L’nificd 


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(rennanv,”  where  she  met  with  dignitaries, 
\’isited  concentration  and  extermination 
camps  and  learned  from  lectures  and  tours. 
Rosian  also  met  with  one  of  her  rescuers  in 
(Jermam;  In  2001,  she  became  the  Boston 
Clhild  Sun’h  or  (jroup  representatixe  to  the 
World  Federation  of  Jewish  Clhilcl  Sur- 
\'i\  ors  of  the  Holocaust  and  sen  ed  on  their 
gox'erning  board.  Last  year,  the  A Vorld  Fed- 
eration elected  her  as  their  secretary  and 
she  returned  to  Lithuania  and  arranged  for 
that  coLintn'  to  join  the  organization. 

Judith  Johnson  has  a grandson.  His 
mother,  her  oldest  daughter,  Miranda,  is  an 
English  professor,  joining  Judith  and  sex’er- 
al  other  family  members.  Her  second 
daughter,  .Vlison,  is  about  to  get  her 
M.B.A.  Her  x-oungest,  Galen,  after  x\-ork- 
ing  a fexx’  years  as  the  youngest  president  of 
the  Nexv  York  Git)-  chapter  of  NOW,  is 
completing  lax\-  school  at  Golumbia.  Judith 
decided  not  to  retire,  and  noxx-  xx’oik.s  part- 
time  as  associate  dean  of  undergraduate 
studies  and  director  of  honors  programs  at 
the  State  Lhiix-ersity  of  Nexv  Y)rk  .Vlbanx; 
and  spends  the  other  half  of  her  time  in 
the  departments  of  English  and  xxomen’s 
studies.  She  has  ]rublished  poetry  and  fic- 
tion, xxritten  interactix’e  cybertexts  and 
remained  actix’c  as  a performance  artist.  In 
addition,  she  edits  1 3th  Moon,  a feminist  lit- 
erarx’  magazine. 

Einally.  a correction  to  the  rrotc  about 
the  late  Dorothy  Schneider  Schmidt  in 
a prex-ious  column.  In  additioir  to  being 
sirrA-ix-ed  by  her  hitsband  arrd  txvo  sons,  she 


is  also  sur-x'ix-ed  by  her  dairghter;  Karen 
Schmidt,  and  a grandsorr.  Our  condo- 
lences to  her-  family. 

Barnard  has  added  another  technolog- 
ical tool  to  help  us  keep  in  touch  xvith  each 
other:  This  is  a class  listser-v  (group  e-mail 
list).  It  xvill  be  used  to  shar'e  ini'ormation 
about  Reuniorr  xx'ith  our  classmates.  If  you 
ar'e  not  part  of  this  I urge  you  to  join  by- 
going  to  xv-xxw.barnar'd.edu/  alum/ reunion 
/reunion20()3.html.  If  youd  like  to  sub- 
scribe to  the  class  listser-x-,  and  Barnard 
does  not  ah'cady  hax-e  your  e-mail  address, 
serrd  air  e-mail  to  nrajordomo 
@barirard.edu.  Leaxe  the  subject  line 
blank  and  type  “subscribe  bc58”  as  the  text 
of  the  message. 

-HRS 

Marcia  Spelman  De  Fren 
7744  Spring  Creek  Drive 
Riverwalk 
W.  Palm  Beach,  FL  33411 
marciadefren@msn.com 

Flannah  Razdow  Simon 
135  Wildwood  Ave.s 
Arlington,  MA  02476 
781-646-5411 
handh@attbi.com 


Betsy  Ress  Jacobson  has  become  more 
iirx  olved  with  the  fibromy  algia  wor'lcl.  She 
was  to  attend  a doctors’  corrfercnce  in 
Oregon  arrd  she’ll  moderate  one  of  the 
two  sessions  oir  frlrromyalg-ia  at  the  Amer- 


ican Gollege  of  Rheumatology  anirual 
conference  in  Nexv  Orleans. 

The  \ale  alumni  magazine  featured 
Judith  Ann  Schiff’s  role  as  curator  of 
the  Eirrdbergh  collection  at  Yale’s  Sterling 
Menrorial  Eibrary'.  According  to  the  article, 
Judith  “worked  closely-  xvith  Eindbergh  ... 
for  more  than  a decade  as  he  made  reg-ular 
x-isits  to  drop  off  more  and  more  material.” 
Judith  stated  that  her  exposure  to  such  a 
“seminal  historical  figure”  inspir'ed  her  to 
become  a historian.  Judith,  who  is  now  the 
chief  research  archivist  at  Sterling,  is  also  a 
felloxv  at  Timothy-  Dxvight  College  and  an 
adviser  to  Yale’s  history-  department.  She 
lectures  extensively  on  Lindbergh  and  is  on 
die  Board  of  the  Lindbergh  Foundation 
which  awards  money  to  dex'elopers  of  enxd- 
ronmentally  friendly-  innovations.  She  co- 
edited Lindbergh’s  Autobiography  of  Values, 
and  co-authored  a short  biography,  Charles 
Lindbergh:  An  American  Life. 

Evelyn  Farber  Karet  xx-rites  that  her 
book.  The  Drawings  of  Stefano  da  Verona  and 
his  Circle  and  the  Origins  of  Collecting  in  Italy, 
was  published  this  year  (see  “Books,  etc.,” 
page  15). 

Betty  Ackerman  Clarick 
5700  Collins  Ave.,  Apt.  12L 
Miami  Beach,  FL  33140 
fax:  305-866-1488 
clarick@worldnet.att.net 

Renee  Strauch  Freed 
108  Homestead  Circle 
Ithaca,  NY  14850 
reneefreed@msn.com 


Judy  Barbarasch  Berkun  writes  an  e- 
maO  with  the  x-ery  sad  news  that  her  dear 
friend,  classmate  Lucille  Pollack 
Nieporent,  passed  away  October  30. 
Lucille  put  up  a very-  courageous  batde 
xvith  lymiphoma  for  some  time.  WE  will  all 
remember  Lucille  for  her  wit  and  x-itality. 
She  is  sun  ix-ed  by  her  husband  and  three 
children.  Lucille  kept  many  friends  from 
Barnard,  including  Sheila  Nevins. 

Sheila  was  mentioned  in  a recent  article 
in  The. New  York  Times  about  Jewish  children 
hidden  from  the  Nazis,  during  ^Vorld  War 
II.  HBO,  w here  Sheila  is  the  executive  x-ice 
president  for  original  programming  and 
documentaries,  sponsored  a documentary 
by  Avix-a  Slesin  about  such  children. 
Although  Sheila  had  known  Axiva  for  25 
years,  she  had  nex-er  knowTi  until  recendy 
that  Axiva  was  a hidden  child. 

In  last  June’s  newsletter  from  Barnard’s 
chemistry-  department,  Ruth  Le-win 


4(i  Barnard  Wix  ritK  2003 


Sime  is  noted  as  a reviewer  of  The  Politics 
of  Excellence:  Behind  the  Nobel  Prize  in  Science 
for  Chetnical  and  Engineering  News.  Ruth,  a 
professor,  retired  recendy  from  Sacramen- 
to Cit)'  College. 

Linda  Kaufman  Kerber  was 
awarded  a fellowship  this  year  at  the  Rad- 
cliffe  Institute  for  Advanced  Study  at 
Hansard  Unh-ersity.  Linda  is  the  Mas- 
Brodbeck  Professor  in  the  Liberal  Arts 
and  a professor  of  history  in  the  College 
of  Law  at  the  University  of  Iowa.  AVhile 
at  Radcliffe,  Linda  plans  to  write  an  alter- 
native American  history  book  about 
womens’  experiences,  emphasizing  the 
legal  and  constitutional  dimensions  of  cit- 
izenship. In  1991,  Linda  received  the  first 
Radcliffe  College  Award  for  Distin- 
guished Scholarship  in  the  field  of 
women,  gender  and  society. 

Hallie  Ratzkin  Levie 
131  Riverside  Drive 
New  York,  NY  10024-3704 
levieh@aol.com 

Judith  Rose  Alpert,  M.D. 
130  E.  18th  St.,  Apt.  9T 
New  York,  NY  10003-2471 
jsrose@ix.netcom.com 


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Alexandra  Chapman  writes  from  Paris: 
“Although  I technically  graduated  in  1 995 
(credits  to  make  up)  I was  in  the  class  of 
1 96 1 . In  1 966  I moved  to  Paris  and  began 
a career  in  international  publishing,  tvhich 
I enjoyed  for  many  years.  Six  years  ago,  I 
felt  that  I needed  a sea  change  and  turned 
to  teaching  English  at  the  Sorbonne  and 
at  Sciences  Po.  Working  with  students 
keeps  one  young  and  on  one's  toes!  And  I 
never  intend  to  retire — it's  too  much  fun.  I 
w'ould  love  to  hear  from  Barnard  class- 
mates, especially  those  ts’ho  majored  in 
French.” 

Madeline  Engel  Moran  is  a profes- 
sor and  chair  of  the  sociology  and  social 
work  department  at  Herbert  H.  Lehman 
College,  CUNY 

Suzy  McKee  Charnas  wrote  Mv 
Eather’s  Ghost:  The  Return  of  My  Old  Man  and 
Other  Second  Chances.  Lillian  Hartmann 
Hodderson  co-authored  True  Genius:  The 
Life  and  Science  of  John  Bardeen,  The  Only 
I Vinner  of  Two  Nobel  Prizes  in  Physics  (see 
“Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

Althea  Rudnick  Gliick 
8 Bancroft  Road 
Wellesley,  MA  02181 
agliick@attbi.com 


Sherry  Hyman  Miller 
133L  Seminary  Drive 
Mill  Valley,  CA  94941 
sherry@sherryart.com 


.After  being  elected  \'ice  president  of  the 
American  Society  for  Dermatologic 
Surgery,  Rhoda  Scharf  Narins  is  now 
president-elect  (her  term  as  president  will 
begin  in  2004).  Her  second  textbook.  Safe 
Liposuction  and  Fat  Tramfer,  \N'as  published  in 
February  by  Marcel  Dekker.  Her  first  text- 
book, Cosmetic  Surgery — An  Interdisciplinary 
Approach,  came  out  in  2001.  Last  June, 
Rhoda  had  a book  party  for  Turn  Back  the 
Clock  Without  Losing  Time,  published  last 
year  b)'  Random  House. 

Rhoda  is  a clinical  professor  of  derma- 
tologv'  at  New  York  Uni\'ersity  Medical 
Center  and  has  a dermatologic  surgery' 
practice  in  Manhattan  and  \Vestchester 
County.  Her  husband,  Da\id,  and  her 
daughter,  Valerie,  practice  with  her.  Her 
son,  Jonathan,  finished  his  Ph.D.  in  Sla\ic 
literature  at  UCLA  and  is  WTiting  his  the- 
sis. “My  greatest  joy  is  my  four  grandchil- 
dren, t\’ho  live  a mile  away,”  she  \\Tites. 

Irina  Shapiro  Corten  was  sorr\’  to 
miss  Reunion,  and  writes  that  she  is  still 
teaching  at  the  University'  of  Minnesota 
and  will  continue  until  she  turns  65.  She 
published  two  articles  on  methods  of 
teaching  Russian  culture  to  .American  stu- 
dents.  Her  heart  and  soul,  howe\'er,  are 
increasingly  outside  academia,  in  her 
shamanic  healing  practice.  “I  never  cease 
to  be  amazed  at  the  effecth’eness  of  these 
age-old  techniques  and  their  compatibility 
with  modern  therapies.  I love  working 
with  my  ‘clients’  who  include  not  only' 
humans  but  also  animals,  plants  and  the 
emironment.”  She  has  published  essays 
about  her  experiences  and  hopes  to  write  a 
book  on  the  subject,  as  w'ell  as  her  mem- 
oirs. Her  daughter,  .Aexandra,  got  her  law- 
degree  last  y'ear,  and  gave  bii  th  in  March 
2002  to  a beautiful  litde  girl,  Maia  Elena. 
“I  ne\'er  thought  I'd  be  the  doting  gTand- 
ma  t>pe,  but  little  did  I know'!”  she  writes, 
“Indeed,  life  begins  at  60!”  Irina’s  mother 
just  had  a book  of  her  memoirs  published 
in  Russia. 

Madeline  Gins  Araka-wa’s  book. 
Architectural  Body,  tvas  published  last  year  by 
Unh-ersity-  of  .Aabama  Press  (see  “Books, 
etc.,”  page  15). 

Our  class  officers  met  in  October  to 
talk  about  class  acthities  between  now-  and 
our  45th  Reunion.  Based  on  injrut  from 
our  classmates,  w'e  are  scheduling  mii-ii- 


rcunions  in  several  cities  in  addition  to  the 
one  in  New  \brk;  an  e-mail  class  newslet- 
ter will  be  created  to  share  news  as  needed 
betw  een  issues  of  Barnard  magazine.  Final- 
ly, plans  are  being  made  to  get  "Ola.ss  of 
1962”  inscribed  in  stone  in  the  Reunion 
Oourtyard  to  celebrate  our  unif|ue  and 
special  class.  Oatch  the  spirit  and  .stay  con- 
nected! 

Mini-reunions  are  being  itlanned  Iry 
Marsha  Wittenberg  Lewin  Latiner 
and  Linda  Fayne  Levinson  in  Los 
Angeles,  by  Roxanne  Cohen  Fischer, 
Marsha  Corn  Levine  and  Elinor 
Yudin  Sachse  in  the  Washington,  D.C. 
area,  Leila  Kern  and  Martha  Liptzin 
Hauptman  in  Boston,  and  Joy  Felsher 
Perla  and  Deborah  Bersin  Rubin  in 
the  New-  Abrk  area.  Please  contact  them  or 
me  if  y'ou  are  interested  in  helping. 

If  you’d  like  to  subscribe  to  the  class 
listserv,  and  Barnard  does  not  already-  hav  e 
your  e-mail  address,  send  an  e-mail  to 
majordomo@barnard.edu.  Lea\-e  the  sub- 
ject line  blank  and  ppe  “subscribe  bc62” 
as  the  text  of  the  message. 

Susan  Levenson  Pringle 
25619  Cordova  Place 
Rio  Verde,  AZ  85263 
480-471-7339 
susique@aol.com 

REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Last  .August  9,  I met  with  Gail 
Hochman  Effros  for  lunch  and  to  bring 
each  other  up-to-date  on  our  post- 
Barnard  li\-es.  Gah,  who  has  liv  ed  in  Bay  - 
side,  Wis.,  for  the  past  1 3 years,  was  in  ,San 
Diego  to  visit  her  daughter,  Michelle. 
Michelle  is  an  associate  professor  of  elec- 
trical engineering  at  California  Institute  of 
Technology.  Michelle’s  siblings  include 
Bonnie,  a tenured  professor  at  State  Lhii- 
v'ersity  of  New  Abrk,  and  Jim,  a manager 
at  .Accenture. 

GaO  was  also  in  tow  n to  attend  a scien- 
tific conference  with  husband,  Richard,  a 
palmomolog-ist  and  professor  at  the  Med- 
ical College  of  Wisconsin.  Gail  is  a lawy-er. 
specializing  in  children’s  and  immigration 
law.  .After  Barnard,  Gail  obtained  a mas- 
ter’s degree  in  Spanish  literature  from 
Montclair  State  Univ-ersity  and  a law 
degree  in  1980  from  Loyola  Law-  .School. 
She  finds  her  knowledge  of  Spanish  to  be 
indispensable  when  presiding  in  children’s 
court  w ith  Puerto  Rican  families. 

I spoke  with  Shoshana  Wirth  Bar- 
Lev,  whose  name,  until  1 0 years  ago.  had 
been  Jane  ^Vil■th.  Shoshana  and  her  hus- 


Wi.vri'R  2003  Barnard  47 


hand.  Zcx;  lix'e  in  San  Diego.  Shoshana  is  a 
stockbroker  at  the  Mission  \alley  office  of 
A.G.  Edwards.  Her  husband.  Zcv.  is  a pio- 
fessor  of  linguistics  at  San  Diego  State  Uni- 
\ersitx’.  fhey  have  three  grandchildren,  all 
of  whom  are  bilingual  ( Hebrew/ English) 
and  all  of  whom  graduated  from  Unix’ersi- 
n,-  of  Galifornia.  Los  .\ngeles.  Eheir  eldest. 
Becky,  is  the  mother  of  tlieir  grandson,  3, 
and  works  in  mortgage  banking.  Their 
other  daughter,  Naomi,  owns  a real  estate 
company,  "fheir  son.  Josh,  is  an  engineer. 
Shoshana  and  Ze\-  are  looking  forward  to  a 
\isit  from  Josh  and  his  w ife  soon. 

Loretta  Tremblay  Azzarone  is 
enjoying  her  work  as  a full-time  nanny  for 
her  granddaughter,  Natalie.  2.  Natalie  is 
the  daughter  of  Loretta's  daughter, 
Francesca,  who  designs  socks  and  hosieiy 
for  Danskin. 

Finally,  a reminder  about  our  fifth 
Reunion,  May  29  to  June  1.  Don't  woriy 
about  who  you'll  know  and  won't  know — 
just  come  and  start  new  friendships  or 
renew  old  ones!  A special  treat  this  year  will 
be  Thursday  night  at  a Broadway  theater 
and  some  of  us  ma)'  be  lucky  enough  to  see 
Twyla  Fharp's — that’s  right,  our  own 
Twyla  Tharp  -latest  presentation, 
“Moxin  (fut."  Looking  forward  to  seeing 
X'ou  at  Reunion! 

For  information  about  Reunion  actix  i- 
ties,  go  to  xvxvw.barnard.edu/alum/ 
reunion/ reunion2()03.html.  If  you'd  like  to 
subscribe  to  the  class  listserx;  and  Barnard 
does  not  already  hax’e  your  e-mail  address, 
send  an  e-mail  to  majordomo@ 
barnard.edu.  Leaxe  the  subject  line  blank 
and  txpe  "subscribe  bc63’'  as  the  text  of 
the  me.ssage. 

Vera  Wagner  Frances 
1710  Avenida  del  Mundo,  #608 
Coronado,  CA  92116 
619-437-1980 


Congratulations  to  Jane  Weinstein  on 
her  July  marriage  to  Stanley  Braudes,  an 
anthro]3ologist  at  L'nix-ersiy  of  Clalifornia. 
Berkeley  xvhom  she  "re-met’’  at  a 40th 
high  school  reunion.  Jane  lix’es  in  Berkeley 
and  hopes  to  teach  there  but  "is  attempt- 
ing to  continue  a bi-coastal  existence”  and 
still  oxvns  her  home  in  Larchmont,  N.Y. 
Our  condolences  to  Jane  on  the  recent  loss 
of  her  parents.  Jane’s  mother  had  lived 
xx’ith  her  in  Larchmont  after  being  xvid- 
oxxTcl  until  her  death  in  April. 

Adele  Ludin  Boskey  receixed  the 
Starr  Chair  in  Mineralized  Tissue  Research 
at  the  Hospital  for  Special  Surgery  in  Nexx’ 


\brk,  xvhere  she  remains  after  more  than  30 
years.  She  stepjred  cloxvn  as  director  of 
research  to  get  back  to  her  oxvn  studies.  She 
still  does  research,  howex  er,  on  bone  forma- 
tion and  turiKxxer  and  is  funded  by  three 
NIH  grants.  Last  year,  Adele  seivecl  on  the 
National  Research  Council  task  group  to 
ex'aluate  research  on  the  International 
Space  Station  and  is  busy  fund  raising  for 
the  James  B.  Boskey  Memorial  Foundation, 
which  xxUl  support  actixities  of  interest  to 
her  husband,  xxho  passed  axxay  in  1998. 
Her  daughter,  Elizabeth,  became  an  assis- 
tant professor  in  the  School  of  Public 
Healdi  at  SL'NA'  Doxvnstate  last  Septem- 
ber. 

Jane  Kahn  Alper  writes,  “.After  a fling 
xvith  graduate  school  and  the  academic  life 
immediately  after  graduating  from 
Barnard,  I became  politicized  by  the  Viet- 
nam War  and  the  xvomen’s  movement  and 
decided,  rather  naively,  that  a legal  career 
was  the  xvay  to  change  the  xvorld.  Despite 
my  naivete,  Fm  xery  happy  being  a 
laxvyer.”  Jane  lix-es  in  the  Boston  area  and  is 
a senior  attorney  xxith  the  Disability  Law- 
Center,  a nonprofit  organization  that  pro- 
x icles  legal  seivices  to  people  xvith  disabili- 
ties. “W'e  recently  xvon  a case  inx'olxing  a 
deaf  mechanic  xvho  xvas  denied  a job  by 
Fhiited  .Airlines.’’ 

Jane  is  actixe  in  the  local  chapter  of  the 
National  Laxvyer  Guild  and  general  pro- 
gressive catises.  She  has  been  married  for 
24  years  to  Joe  .Alper,  a chemistry  professor 
at  L'niversitv'  of  Massachusetts.  “No  kids 
but  many  nieces  and  nephews,”  she  writes. 
‘A\'e  have  a vacation  home  in  northern 
Vermont  xvhere  we  spend  most  xxeekends 
hiking,  biking,  skiing  and  hanging  out.  The 
accomplishment  of  which  Fm  proudest  of 
is  climbing  Mount  Kilimanjaro  in  Januaiy 
2000.” 

Margery  Sorock  has  been  known  as 
Margarita  since  sening  in  Colombia  xvith 
the  Peace  Corps  after  graduation.  She 
writes,  "I  am  about  to  receive  a master’s 
degree  in  .Spanish  from  Brooklyn  College 
and  commute  between  my  home  in  Carta- 
gena, Colombia,  and  the  homes  of  family 
members  in  Brooklyn.  If  this  commuting 
continues,  and  it  appears  that  it  will  for  a 
while  longer,  I’ll  probably  begin  my  doc- 
toral work  in  Spanish  in  the  spring.” 

Sharon  Block  Korn 
13567  Mango  Drive 

Del  Mar,  CA  92014 
SRK(a)workma  il.com 


.A  wonderful  surprise  arrived  in  the  mail 
earlier  this  month!  Many  thanks  to  B-J 
Lunin  Frishberg  for  designing  our  won- 
derful 35th  Reunion  book  and  to  Jane 
Ne-wham  McGroarty  for  her  endless 
efl'orts  to  keep  track  of  us  all.  This  is  a 
book  to  cherish  and  savor. 

Last  February  Barbara  Hudson 
Roberts  was  appointed  director  of  the 
xvomen’s  cardiac  center  at  Miriam  Hospi- 
tal in  Providence,  R.I.,  one  of  Broxvn  Uni- 
versity Medical  School's  teaching  hospi- 
tals and  home  to  Rhode  Island’s  first 
xvomen’s  cardiac  center.  \\’hile  on  sabbat- 
ical, before  this  appointment,  Barbara 
xvorked  on  her  memoir.  The  Doctor  Broad, 
and  Hou'  To  Keep  lour  Heart  From  Breaking: 
What  Every  Woman  Keeds  to  Know  About  Car- 
diovascular Disease.  She’s  looking  for  a pub- 
lisher. Jane  Newham  McGroarty  is 
doing  the  plans  for  an  addition  to  Bar- 
bara’s home  in  Jamestown,  R.I.  Barbara’s 
husband,  Joe  Ax -arista,  was  commissioned 
by  the  Heritage  Harbor  Historic  Museum 
in  Prox  idence  to  sculpt  their  entrance  stat- 
ue. 

Laura  Levine  has  xvritten  a comedy 
murder  mystery-.  This  Pen  for  Hire,  xvhich  xv-ill 
be  published  in  June.  Laura  has  had  lots  of 
experience  xvriting  comedy,  haxing  worked 
as  a sitcom  writer  for  1 7 years.  Her  credits 
include  “The  Bob  Newhart  Show-,”  “Lax-- 
erne  & .Shirley,”  “Lox-e  Boat,”  “Prix-ate 
Benjamin”  and  “Three’s  Company.”  .As  an 
advertising  copxvvTiter  she  created  Count 
Chocula  and  Frankenberry-  cereals  for 
General  Mills.  Laura  has  also  had  comedy- 
pieces  published  in  The  1 1 ashington  Post  and 
Los  Angeles  Times,  and  xv-rites  for  .4  Prairie 
Home  Companion.  She  and  her  husband,  a 
journalist,  lix  e in  Los  .Angeles  and  hax  e “no 
kids,  one  cat.”  Laura  closes  xv-itli  a sentence 
xve  can  all  relate  to:  “I'll  alxvays  be  grateful 
to  Barnard  for  teaching  me  how  to  work 
really;  really  hard  (No  job  I've  ex-er  had  w-as 
as  tough  as  Barnard!).” 

Bettye  Grossman  Barcan’s  son 
Daniel,  got  married  last  summer.  Ann 
Selgin  Le-vy  xvas  thrilled  to  meet  Susan 
Merriman  Licht  and  her  daughter, 
Eliza  Lecht  '97,  in  Montreal  and  had 
“great  fun  showing  a Barnard  mother  and 
daughter  around  my  faxorite  northern 
city.”  Jane  Newham  McGroarty-  suggests 
that  xve  consider  “the  poxver  of  great  pro- 
fessors”— the  people  xvho  inspired  us  to 
follow  particular  paths,  xv-hether  they'  be 
formal  careers  or  less  formal,  but  no  less 
actix-e,  lix-es.  So  the  challenge  is  out:  send 
us  your  remembrances  of  a special  profes- 


48  Barnard  Wim  kr  2003 


sor  who  made  a difference  in  your  life  and 
we’ll  do  a series  of  columns  by  discipline. 
Shall  we  start  with  art  history?  Your 
responses  will  create  the  next  column. 

Ann  Selgin  Levy 
82  High  St. 
Albans,  VT  05478 
ann@littleapplepress.com 

Elizabeth  Farber  Bernhardt 
924  West  End  Ave.,  #53, 
New  York,  NY  10025 
bernhare@bronxda.net 


Margaret  Steinglass  Wirtenberg 

writes  “About  Town,”  a column  in  The 
Weston  Forum,  a newspaper  in  Weston, 
Conn.  She  also  hosts  a local  cable  TV  pro- 
gram, also  called  “About  Town.”  In  a 
recent  column,  Margie  mentioned  her 
days  playing  on  the  Barnard  tennis  team. 

Tlw  Knoxville  News  Sentinel  in  Tennessee 
profiled  Doris  Gove  last  Febmary.  Doiis, 
w'ho  has  a Ph.D.  in  zoology,  has  taught  at  the 
University  of  Temiessee’s  College  of  Agri- 
culture and  at  PeUissippi  State  Technical 
Community  College.  She  has  written  many 
children’s  books  as  well  as  her  latest  mail 
guide — 50  Hikes  in  the  Tennessee  Mountains: 
Hikes  and  Walks  jrom  the  Blue  Ridge  to  the  Cum- 
berland  Plateau.  \'Vhen  she  isn’t  busy  writing, 
Doris  leads  week-long  Elderhostel  courses 
on  nature  and  hiking  in  Highlands,  N.C. 

Dorothy  Haeussler  Goren  and  I 
recognized  each  other  in  the  audience  at 
the  Helen  Hayes  Theater  in  Nyack,  N.Y  I 
learned  that  Dottie,  the  owner/adminis- 
trator  of  a Montessori  school,  has  recently 
earned  her  doctorate  in  educational  lead- 
ership from  Nova  University.  She  and  her 
husband,  Al,  ha\'e  two  children:  their 
daughter,  23,  who  graduated  from 
Williams  College,  and  a son,  2 1 , a student 
at  the  University  of  Maryland,  College 
Park.  Dottie  tells  me  that  Verna  Hendrick 
Plena  lives  in  Stafford  Springs,  Conn., 
works  in  human  resources  management 
and  has  three  married  chUdien.  Dottie  is 
also  in  touch  with  Emilie  Steele,  who 
received  her  Ed.D.  from  Harvard  and 
teaches  at  University  of  Massachusetts  in 
the  field  of  women’s  studies. 

Margaret  Poss  Levy  is  excited  to  be 
the  new  chairperson  of  the  Connecticut 
Civil  Liberties  Union.  During  her  23  years 
on  the  board,  she  has  participated  in  litiga- 
tion for  a woman’s  right  to  choose,  chal- 
lenged racial  segregation  in  Hartford  area 
public  schools,  monitored  separation  of 
church  and  state,  and  fought  for  “second 


parent  adoptions”  by  partners  of  gay  par- 
ents. An  attorney  in  private  practice,  Mar- 
garet specializes  in  felony  criminal  defense. 
Most  of  her  work  consists  of  murders, 
rapes  and  “enough  drug  cases  to  make  one 
wonder  if  it  isn’t  time  to  seriously  consider 
legalizing  the  stuff  and  dealing  widi  the 
problems  medically.”  She  enjoys  her  w'ork 
and  hopes  that  retirement  is  “decades 
away.” 

My  husband,  Richard,  and  I attended 
a panel  at  Barnard  about  Jewish  and 
African-American  women  in  the  civil 
rights  movement.  Featured  on  the  panel 
were  Faith  Holsaert  and  Augusta 
Souza  Kappner.  liana  Zoe  Stern,  our 
second  granddaughter,  w'as  born  last  Sep- 
tember. Her  big  sister,  Jessica  Rose,  is  2 
years  old. 

Anna  Sachko  Gandolfi  co-authored 
Economics  as  an  Evolutionary  Science:  From  Util- 
ity to  Fitness,  published  last  year  (see  “Books, 
etc.,”  page  15). 

Marcia  Weinstein  Stern 
5 Rural  Drive 
Scarsdale,  NY  10583 
914-725-4581 
richmarl  3@aol.com 


Ilene  Rubin  Fish  and  her  husband,  Irv- 
ing, live  in  Manhattan  after  selling  their 
house  in  New  Jersey,  and  also  bought  a 
condominium  in  the  Berkshires.  Ilene  still 
works  full-time  as  an  attorney,  and  Irving 
is  director  of  pediatric  neurology  at  New 
York  University  Medical  Center.  They  are 
enjoying  their  granddaughter,  Julie,  2. 
Their  youngest  son,  Peter,  graduates  from 
Boston  University  School  of  Law  in  May. 

Michele  Urvater  is  featured  in  article 
about  Barnard  alumnae  in  the  food  indus- 
try, page  3 1 . Helen  Webster  Bryan  lec- 
tured at  a two  day  syraposium  on  Martha 
Washington  last  November  in  Mount  Ver- 
non, Va.  Her  book  on  the  same  subject  was 
published  last  year  by  John  Wiley  & Sons, 
Inc.  (see  “Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

Cathy  Feola  Weisbrod 
203  Allston  St. 
Cambridge,  MA  02139 
(o)  617-565-6512 
cweisbro@opm.gov 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Many  classmates  are  making  arrange- 
ments to  come  to  our  35th  reunion.  May 
29  to  June  1,  and  we  hope  you’ll  come  too! 
To  facilitate  plans  for  Reunion,  or  other- 
wise stay  in  touch,  send  messages  to  our 


class  Web  site,  which  is  located  al 
w w w.  b a r n a r d . e d u / alum/  reunion/ 
reunion20()3.1itml. 

Penelope  Parkhurst  Boehm,  who 

plans  to  attend  Reunion,  rejioris  that  her 
son  has  started  his  first  year  at  .S^Tacuse 
Lhiiversity.  She  is  still  in  touch  with  her 
freshman  roommate,  Geraldine  Pon- 
tius, and  is  overjoyed  that  her  son  likes  his 
new  roommate,  loo. 

Geraldine  Pontius  is  now  a pnjgram 
manager  on  borders  infrastructure  for  the 
Immigration  and  Naturalization  Serv'ice, 
where  she  will  manage  the  San  Diego 
Fence  project.  Her  focus  remains  law 
enforcement.  Prior  to  joining  the  INS, 
Geraldine  was  a capital  projects  architect 
for  the  Maiydand  State  Police. 

Rena  Bonne-Schwartz  writes  that 
her  daughter  is  now  16  and  a junior  at 
Croton  High  School.  Rena  is  the  director 
of  English  and  modern  languages  for  the 
Ossining  School  District.  They  have  a 
home  in  Croton-on-Hudson  and  have  kept 
their  home  in  Stony  Brook,  N.Y.  Rena 
loves  living  closer  to  the  city  and  has  been 
in  touch  with  several  classmates:  Jane 
DeLynn,  an  accomplished  writer  of  les- 
bian literature;  Marilyn  Cohen  Skydell, 
who  has  four  children  ranging  from  1 1 to 
20,  and  Barbara  Rand  Olevitch,  a cog- 
nitiv'e  psychologist  who  lives  in  St.  Louis 
and  recently  wrote  Protecting  Psychiatric 
Patients  and  Others  from  the  Assisted-Suicide 
Movement:  Insights  and  Strategies  (see  “Books, 
etc.,”  page  15). 

After  her  stint  in  the  Clinton  adminis- 
tration and  teaching  at  Johns  Hopkins 
University,  Irene  Finel-Honigman 
returned  to  teaching  at  the  School  of 
International  and  Public  Relations  at 
Columbia.  Since  Fall  2001,  she  has  been 
an  adjunct  professor  of  international 
affairs  with  the  Institute  of  Europe  at 
SIPA.  She  teaches  and  lectures  on  the  his- 
tory, culture  and  political  identity  of  the 
European  Union  and  monetary  unifica- 
tion. Her  daughter,  Ana,  graduated  from 
Sarah  Lawrence,  wrote  art  criticism  for 
New  York  and  British  publications  and  is 
pursuing  a master’s  degree  in  art  histors' 
and  visual  studies  at  Oxford  University: 

Rosemary  (Rosie)  Jablonski  Ford 
recently  spent  a week  in  Newport,  R.I., 
with  Jane  O’Neil  Sjogren,  v\ho  lived 
next  door  in  Reid  in  1964  and  Jean  Hol- 
loway Milstein,  her  roommate  at  616 
West  1 16th  Street  in  1965.  Rosie  is  work- 
ing on  the  Reunion  booklet  with  her  room- 
mate from  1964,  Mary  Barnes  Jenkins, 
and  other  classmates. 


Wlxter  2003  Barnard  49 


Linda  Rosen  Garfunkel,  our  class 
president,  has  been  playing  tennis  often 
tvith  Alice  Friedman  Appel.  Linda  is 
enjoying  life  in  TarrUown,  N.Y.,  with  her 
husband,  Richard,  and  stiU  working  hard 
at  her  job  at  a ]Dri\  ate  ecjuin'  hnn  in  New' 
York.  Richard  still  sells  insurance,  and  is 
im’oK'ecl  with  the  Franklin  and  Eleanor 
Roose\'eh  Institute. 

.\fter  working  for  more  than  10  years  in 
risk  management  and  data  analysis  for  a 
major  medical  malpractice  insurer.  Janice 
Moore  now  w orks  for  Caremark,  a pre- 
scrijrtion-benefits  management  company. 
She  remains  hapjrily  married  to  John 
Lindquist.  Fler  oldest  son.  Matthetv.  is  a 
sophomore  at  Knox  Clollege.  Her  youngest 
son.  Peter,  is  a junior  in  high  school.  Peter 
has  o\'ercome  some  significant  learning 
disabilities  and  is  looking  at  colleges.  Janice 
and  her  husband  enjoy  dancing,  especially 
the  Lindy  Hop. 

Elaine  Kolman  Ran  still  enjoys  her 
work  as  a speech /langnage  pathologist  at  a 
middle  school  in  Arlington  Heights,  111. 
Her  husband.  Ciaii,  continues  to  work  as 
an  electronics  engineer  in  the  Chicago 
area.  'Fheir  oldest  daughter.  Erica,  25, 
works  for  the  EES.  Geological  Suncy  in 


Florida  monitoring  fiesh  water  springs, 
after  studying  ecology  and  marine  biology 
at  Florida  Fech.  Vanessa,  23,  graduated  in 
December  from  X'angtiard  F’nh’crsity,  and 
is  at  ^\'hcaton  Ciollege  for  graduate  school 
in  intercultural  studies  and  missions. 
Krista,  attends  a local  junior  college  and 
plans  to  major  in  education.  Their 
youngest,  Sarah,  14,  is  a freshman  in  high 
school. 

Grace  Druan  Rosman  has  a net\' 
granddaughter  and  is  still  substitute  teach- 
ing in  Connecticut.  She  and  her  husband 
plan  to  relocate  to  Washington,  D.C. — to 
be  closer  to  their  grandchild,  when  her 
husband  is  ready  to  lea\'e  his  oncology 
practice.  She  plans  t(3  attend  Reunion 
shortly  after  a trip  to  Israel. 

Wendy  Sibbison’s  appellate  law- 
practice  is  thriving  and  she  was  appointed 
a hearing  oflicer  for  the  Massachusetts 
board  of  bar  o\’crseers.  Her  husband  Steve 
,\l\es'  documentaiy,  “Together  in  Time,” 
about  the  histoiy  of  contra  dance  and  its 
music,  will  be  screened  at  the  Northamp- 
ton Film  Festh'al;  their  daughter,  Maizie,  is 
a junior  at  The  Putne)-  School.  Wendy’s 
parents  arc  both  relath'eK-  healthy,  inde- 
pendent and  li\ing  nearby.  She  joined  a 
groujD  from  her  communits-  to  raUc'  in 
Washington,  D.C.,  in  October  against  a 
unilateral  war  on  Iraq. 

Laurie  Stone  has  been  quite  prolific 
since  lea\  ing  Barnard!  In  addition  to  writ- 
ing two  books  and  editing  a collection  of 
memoirs,  she  has  tvritten  for  Ms.,  .New  York 
Woman,  The  Village  Voice  and  J'iva.  .\  the- 
ater critic  for  The  .Nation  and  critic  at  large 
for  “Fresh  ,\ir"  on  National  Public  Radio, 
she  has  recei\'ed  grants  from  the  New 
York  Foundation  for  the  Arts,  the  Kit- 
tridge  Foundation  and  the  MacDowell 
CVlony  and  taught  writing  at  schools 
including  .Antioch  Ehih  ersity,  Ohio  State 
Ehih  ersity  and  Sarah  Lawrence.  In  1996, 
she  won  the  Nona  Balakian  prize  for 
excellence  in  criticism  from  the  National 
Book  Critics  Circle. 

Harriet  Wen  Tung  \-isited  New  York 
last  stimmer.  She  and  her  husband  also  \'is- 
ited  the  Henan  Proc  ince  in  C!hina. 

For  information  about  Reunion  acth'i- 
ties,  go  to  www-.barnard.edu/alum/ 
reunion/reunion2003.html.  If  you'd  like  to 
subscribe  to  the  class  listserv,  and  Barnard 
does  not  already  hac  e your  e-mail  address, 
send  an  e-mail  to  majordomo 
@barnarcl.edu.  Lea\-e  the  subject  line 
blank  and  Upe  “subscribe  bc68”  as  the  text 
of  the  message. 

Karen  Kaplowitz 


1 Woodside  Lane,  New  Hope,  PA  18938 
The  New  Ellis  Group,  Princeton  Forrestal 

Village 

116  Village  Blvd.,  Suite  200 
Princeton,  NJ  08540-5799 
888-890-4240/fax:  609-520-1702 
kkaplowitz@newellis.com 

Abby  Sommer  Kurnit 
85  Stratford  Ave. 
White  Plains,  NY  10605 
abithak@aol.com 


Thespian  Karen  Butler  appeared  in 
“Brighton  Beach  Memoirs”  and  “Steel 
Magnolias”  in  Cooperstown,  N.Y  ^Vhen 
she  isn't  acting,  she  is  teaching,  w'riting  and 
w orking  for  peace. 

Meredith  Sue  Willis  has  just  pub- 
lished her  1 1 th  book.  The  latest  one, 
Oradell  at  .Sea,  is  about  a woman  raised  by 
an  alcoholic  father  in  a mining  camp,  rvho 
has  to  make  critical  decisions  about  a labor 
dispute  as  an  adult  (see  “Books,  etc.,”  page 
15).  Meredith  has  also  been  busy  teaching 
at  New  '\brk  Unh-ersity’s  School  of  Con- 
tinuing and  Professional  Studies  and  is  a 
distinguished  teaching  artist  for  the  New 
Jersey  State  Council  on  the  Arts.  She  is 
married  to  .Andrew  B.  ^Veinberger,  a 
rheumatologist.  Their  son,  Joel,  is  a high 
school  senior,  and  in  the  middle  of  the  col- 
lege application  process. 

Judith  Miller,  author  of  Germs:  Biolog- 
ical 11  capons  and  America 's  .Secret  J I hr,  a \-ery 
timely  book  on  biowarfare  and  bioterror- 
ism, ironicalh-  was  the  \-ictim  of  an  anthra.x 
mailing  scare  in  2001  and  wrote  a front- 
page stoiy-  about  it  for  The  .New  York  Times, 
where  she  is  a staff  correspondent.  Pre\-i- 
ous  books  include  One  by  One  about  the 
Holocatist;  Saddam  Hussein  and  the  Crisis  in 
the  Gulf,  and  God  Has .Ninety-.Nine .Names.  Her 
expertise  is  on  Middle  East  affairs,  and  she 
is  a frec[ucnt  speaker  and  telec-ision  com- 
mentator on  these  subjects.  She  spoke  this 
past  fall  at  the  Midtown  Executive  Club  at 
a Barnard  Club  of  Nerv  Abrk  et  ent,  about 
how-  to  deal  with  bioterrorism  in  a post- 
9/ 1 1 en\-ironment. 

Rae  Dichter  Rosen  is  a senior  econ- 
omist at  the  Federal  Rcsen-e  Bank  of  New 
Abrk  and  has  been  ad\-ising  Connecticut's 
goxernment  about  the  doubly  dire  conflu- 
ence of  raising  taxes  and  of  cutting  back 
funds  for  public  schools,  in  order  to  bal- 
ance the  .state  budget. 

Pamela  Durborow  Gallagher  has 
been  jrromoted  to  the  position  of  director 
of  development  at  the  Sil\-ermine  Guild 


5(1  Barnard  Wi.xter  2003 


.-Vi'ts  Center  in  New  Canaan,  Conn. 

Margaret  Noberini  Bussigel  has 
been  promoted  to  professor  of  sociology 
at  Mount  Saint  Mary  College  in  New- 
burgh, N.Y. 

Estelle  Freedman,  professor  and 
founder  of  Stanford’s  program  in  feminist 
studies,  lectured  at  Barnard  in  October. 
See  article  on  page  8.  Dorinda  Johan- 
son  DeScherer  had  three  books  pub- 
lished under  Aspen  publishers  this  past 
year:  COBRA  Handbook  2003]  Business 
Owner’s  Tax  Savings  and  Financing  Deskbook 
2003]  and  Employee  Ben^ts  Answer  Books  (sev- 
enth edition).  See  “Books,  etc.,”  on  page  15. 

Thanks  and  good  health  and  happiness 
to  all,  and  hope  e\'eryone  had  a happy  hol- 
iday season. 

Dr.  Stella  Ling 
30  The  Uplands 
Berkeley,  CA  94705 
smling@msn.com 

Lynne  Spigelmire  Viti 
49  Croft  Regis  Road 
Westwood,  MA  02090 
781-329-7228 
lviti@wellesley.edu 


Rosemary  Phillips  Didear  wrote  that 
Louisa  Hart  recently  passed  away  after 
battling  breast  cancer.  We  do  not  have  any 
other  further  details  at  this  time. 

Bonnie  Willdorf  writes,  “After  work- 
ing in  the  anti-war  mov'ement  with  active- 
duty  GI’s  in  southern  California  and  the 
Bay  Area,  I received  my  master’s  degree  in 
library  sciences  from  Berkeley  in  1976, 
worked  in  public  libraries  for  a few  years, 
then  took  a 1 0-year  maternity  lea\'e.  I was 
the  resource  center  director  at  ,'Vlumnae 
Resources,  a now-defunct  career-develop- 
ment organization  focusing  on  women,  for 
nine  years,  and  then  worked  in  the  Inter- 
net industry  for  more  than  a year.  I was 
laid  off  in  April  2001,  just  in  time  to  work 
on  die  publication  and  promotion  for  Bring 
the  War  Home!,  a novel  that  my  husband, 
Barry,  wrote,  through  our  independent 
press  {www.agauchepress.com).  I have 
three  growm  daughters:  one  is  an  acupunc- 
turist in  San  Francisco,  one  is  a journalist 
and  writer,  whose  first  book  is  coming  out 
this  spring;  and  one  is  attending  Columbia 
Law  School.  I’ve  been  married  to  Bany 
Willdorf  since  my  sophomore  year  at 
Barnard  and  have  enjoyed  becoming 
friends  with  many  Bay  Area  Barnard 
alums  over  the  years.” 

After  raising  two  daughters,  i\lyssa  and 


Charis,  Rosemary  Phillips  Didear  and 

her  husband  will  celebrate  their  30th 
annh’ersary  next  summer.  Two  years  ago, 
Rosemaiy  was  promoted  from  being  the 
dean  at  an  independent,  international 
boarding  school  in  Oregon  to  being  the 
headmistress.  She  describes  her  life  as 
“never  a dull  moment  and  the  most 
rewarding  life  I can  imagine.” 

Rachel  Cohen  is  leading  a veiy  btisy 
life  in  a big,  old  house  on  a hill  in  Strouds- 
bourg,  Pa.  She  and  her  husband,  Joe 
Rattman,  a lawyer  .specializing  in  social 
security  disability  law,  are  raising  two  sons; 
Jay,  15,  “a  prodigy  who  loves  to  play  jazz 
on  the  saxophone,  and  Jonno,  12,  who 
loves  fly  Ashing  and  hiking.  Rachel  makes 
jewelry  and  volunteers  for  Planned  Parent- 
hood, the  local  shelter.  Women’s 
Resources,  and  the  Monroe  County  Arts 
Council.  Rachel  would  love  to  hear  from 
classmates  in  the  northeast  Pennsylvania 
area. 

Bonnie  Fox  Sirower  heads  to  Cuba 
in  March,  with  a group  of  fund-raisers 
from  the  Lhiited  States  and  Canada  to 
work  with  hospitals,  schools,  museums  and 
social  serx'ices  to  develop  volunteerism  and 
philanthropic  programs.  Qiiite  a challenge 
in  a Communist  countiy! 

Claudia  Goldin  Ross  is  in  Beijing 
for  the  academic  year  (on  sabbatical  from 
Holy  Cross),  where  she  is  w'riting  a Chi- 
nese grammar  reference,  training  teachers, 
and  doing  consulting  for  the  International 
Montessori  School.  “I  am  amazed  by  the 
speed  of  change  and  the  energy  which 
characterizes  this  city,”  she  says.  Sara 
Keeney  WLissman  is  a librarian  in  Morris 
County,  NJ.,  and  school  planning  consult- 
ant. She  has  been  married  for  30  years  to 
Robert,  who  attended  Columbia  (they  met 
in  chemistry  class  ...  such  chemistiyl).  He 
works  at  Prudential  International  and 
recently  returned  from  sening  as  acting 
head  of  Taiwan  operations.  Sons  Michael 
and  Jeremy  attended  Tufts  and  Princeton, 
respectively.  Sara  has  taught  at  Rutgers 
graduate  school  of  library  science,  writes 
an  occasional  column  on  Internet  librari- 
anship  for  a national  magazine  and  w'as 
lucky  enough  to  tratel  to  Ireland  a few’ 
years  ago,  to  see  her  great-grandfather’s 
house,  still  occupied  by  family  in  an 
unbroken  line  since  1 850! 

Janna  Jones  Bellwin  has  been  prac- 
ticing law'  at  Baker  & McKenzie  in  New 
York  City'  for  close  to  30  years.  Her  son, 
Michael,  28,  is  a media  specialist  at  Bent- 
ley College  and  got  married  last  Se]3tem- 
ber  on  Cape  Cod  to  a wonderful  young 


woman.  Daughter,  jeri,  23,  works  in  New 
\brk  City  as  a financial  anahst.  With  the 
children  grov\  n,  Janna  can  travel  for  work 
without  any  diiliculty.  ‘'Ha\'ing  finished 
man\’,  many  years  of  juggling,  ha\  ing  only 
one  job  is  really  ca.sy!”  She  .sent  news  of 
Karen  Cwalinski,  w ho  has  a new  job  at 
the  Jewish  Board  of  .Social  Seniccs  in 
Brooklyn. 

Soching  Tsai  writes,  “M>'  husband, 
Da\'icl  Kornbluth  (Columbia  ’70),  and  I 
left  Genec’a  two  years  ago  to  return  to 
Washington,  D.C.,  where  we  both  work  for 
the  State  Department.  I ha\'e  just  finished 
working  on  the  Asia  Pacific  Economic 
Cooperation  summit  at  Los  Cabos,  Mexi- 
co, where  the  leaders  of  the  21  .\PECl 
members  agreed  on  measures  to  secure 
and  facilitate  trade  in  the  region.  Da\id  is 
W'orking  on  China  issues.  Our  son,  Andrew 
finished  high  school  in  Geneva,  and  is  a 
junior  at  Columbia.  He’s  stucKing  Russian, 
Hungarian  and  Serbo-Croatian.  I ha\’e  a 
Barnard  alumna  as  a neighbor,  and  would 
lo\’e  to  hear  of  others  in  the  D.C.  area.” 

Judith  Giniger  Grauman  is  still 
managing  editor  at  Guilford  Publications 
(where  she’s  been  for  25  years!).  She 
writes,  “Fm  happy  to  note  that  many 
Barnard  alumnae  are  among  the  stellar 
authors  who’t’e  written  bottks  and  chap- 
ters for  Guilford.  My  husband,  Robert 
(Columbia  Law  ’73),  is  an  attorney  with 
O’Meheny  & Myers.  Our  son,  Jesse, 
graduated  with  highest  honors  from  Yale 
two  years  ago,  spent  a year  in  New  5[brk 
working  for  a (now-defunct)  dot.com,  and 
mo\ed  down  to  Washington,  D.C.,  a year 
ago.  He’s  now  working  as  a legislath'e 
correspondent  for  Senator  Christopher 
Dodd.  Our  daughter,  Pnina,  is  a junior  at 
Barnard,  where  (like  her  mom)  she’s  a 
psychology  major.  She’s  been  on  the 
dean’s  list  all  semesters  and  lo\'es  the 
warm,  nurturing  Barnard  community. 
Unlike  her  mom,  who  was  a commuter, 
Pnina  lives  on  campus  (30  blocks  from 
home!)  and  is  \’cry  acti\  e in  Jewish  acth  i- 
ties  and  c’olunteers  at  local  hospitals.” 

Lindsay  Stamm  Shapiro  co- 
authored, Russel  Wight:  Creating  American 
Lifestyle,  which  was  pultlished  last  year  (see 
“Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

F\’e  spent  the  past  few  months  imoK’ed 
in  the  movement  seeking  clemenc)'  from 
outgoing  Illinois  Go\'ernor  George  R-san 
for  all  of  the  state's  inmates  on  “death 
row,”  preparing  petitions  for  executhe 
clemency,  and  arguing  before  the  prisoner 
re\  iew  board.  It  has  been  exciting,  frustrat- 
ing, educational,  and  difficult.  By  the  time 


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s'()u  read  this,  we’ll  know  if  our  work  has 
been  a success. 

Joan  Pantsios 
5326  S.  Hyde  Park  Blvd.,  #3 
Chicago  IL  60615 
(6)773-684-2868, (o)312-814-5100 
Jpantsios@earthlink.net  or 
Joan,  pa  ntsios@osad.state.il.  us 


Suzanne  Nalbantian  Reynolds  writes 
that  her  book.  Memory  in  Literalure:  From 
Rousseau  to  .Neuroscience,  was  published  this 
year  (see  “Books,  etc.,"  page  15). 

Barbara  Ballinger  Bucholz 
30  Briarcliff 
St.  Louis,  MO  63124 
bbbuch@aol.com 


Stephanie  Wanger  Guest  is  featured  in 
an  article  about  Barnard  alumnae  in  the 
food  industry,  page  3 1 . Ann  Laura  Stol- 
er  writes  that  her  book,  Carnal  Knowledge 
and  Imperial  Power:  Race  and  the  Intimate  in 
Colonial  Rule,  was  published  last  year  by 
University  of  California  Press  (see  “Books, 
etc.,’’  page  15). 

Marcia  Eisenberg 
302  W.  86th  St.,  Apt.  8A 
New  York,  NY  10024 
eisenberg5@aol.com 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Infectious  disease  specialist  Mindell  Sei- 
dlin  was  appointed  president  of  Eisai 
Medical  Research,  Inc.  She  received  her 
M.D.  from  Harvard. 

Rena  Seplowitz,  who  graduated 
from  Columbia  Law  School,  is  a professor 
at  Touro  Law  Center,  and  acts  as  advisor  to 
the  law  review.  Janna  Roop  is  on  the  fac- 
ulty of  the  Saint  Xavier  School  of  Nursing 
in  Chicago.  The  Gary,  Ind.,  Post-Tribune 
reported  that  Karen  Pulliam-Willis  was 
seeking  a seat  on  the  Garv'  school  board. 
Karen  received  her  law  degree  from  the 
Indiana  Llniversity'  School  of  Law  and  is  a 
lawyer  with  the  Lake  County  Division  of 
Family  and  Social  Seivices.  Karen,  let  us 
know  if  you  won  the  election. 

Cynthia  Cetlin  is  an  associate  profes- 
sor of  fine  arts  at  Ohio  Wesleyan  Universi- 
ty in  Delaware,  Ohio.  Elizabeth  Robert- 
son is  an  associate  professor  at  the 
University  of  Colorado  in  Boulder,  where 
she  specializes  in  medieval  literature  and 
feminist  theoiy.  Elizabeth,  who  has  written 
extensively  on  Geoffrey  Chaucer,  received 
her  master’s  and  Ph.D  from  Columbia. 


Margaret  Freedman  Boorstein  is  a 

professor  of  geography  at  the  C.V\’.  Post 
campus  of  Long  Island  University  and 
serves  as  chair  of  the  department  of  earth 
and  environmental  sciences.  Margaret  has 
written  and  conducted  research  on  the 
greenhouse  effect  and  on  environmental 
issues  faced  by  the  national  parks.  In  2001, 
she  served  as  the  president  of  the  Middle 
States  Division  of  the  Association  of 
American  Geographers.  Another  class- 
mate in  academia  is  Miriam  Bailin.  who 
is  the  chair  of  the  English  department  at 
Washington  University. 

I received  a letter  from  Nandita 
Dhar,  describing  her  on-going  batde  with 
cancer.  In  the  past  year,  Nandita  has 
undergone  two  surgeries  and  chemothera- 
py. If  she  is  physically  able,  Nandita  hopes 
to  attend  Reunion  for  the  first  time.  She 
hopes  that  her  old  buddies,  especially 
Uma  Anand  Segal  and  Susan  (Susie) 
Gordon,  will  also  attend. 

Plans  for  Reunion  are  well  underway. 
You  can  see  who’s  planning  to  attend  by 
going  to  our  class  page,  or  about  Reunion 
activities,  go  to  vv^ww.barnard.edu/ 
alum/ reunion/ reunion2003.html.  If  you'd 
like  to  subscribe  to  the  class  listserv;  and 
Barnard  does  not  already  have  your  e-mail 
address,  send  an  e-mail  to 
majordomo(a)barnard.edu.  Leav-e  the  sub- 
ject line  blank  and  type  "subscribe  bc73"  as 
the  text  of  the  message. 

The  Reunion  committee  would  like  to 
hear  your  suggestions  about  any  class-spe- 
cific activities  in  which  you  are  interested, 
such  as  a breakfast  or  a post-dinner  ev'ent. 
Please  send  me  an  e-mail  with  any  sugges- 
tions. The  best  way  to  make  Reunion  fun  is 
to  reach  out  to  your  friends — especially 
ones  you  haven’t  seen  in  a long  time — and 
encourage  them  to  attend! 

Ilene  P.  Karpf 
7 Fenimore  Drive 
Scotch  Plains,  NJ  07076 
twinshouse@comcast.net 


After  spending  13  years  as  innkeepers  in 
Kennebunkport,  Maine,  Carol  Gold- 
berg Copeland  and  her  husband,  Lind- 
say, sold  the  inn  and  are  “taking  time  off  to 
regroup,  trav'el  and  figure  out  what  to  with 
the  next  50  years.’’  Their  daughter,  Sara, 
is  a sophomore  at  New  York  University, 
majoring  in  acting;  their  other  daughter, 
Liz,  is  a junior  in  high  school,  and  is  look- 
ing at  Barnard  for  college,  after  attending 
a campus  tour  last  Nov'ember — follow'ed 
by  lunch  at  Ollie’s!  “I  remember  when  it 


was  Chock  Full  of  Nuts!”  writes  Carol. 

Alison  Estabrook,  chief  of  breast 
surgery  at  St.  Luke’s-Roosevelt  Hospital 
Center,  participated  in  an  ,AABC  panel  on 
hormone-replacement  therapy.  .See  page  7. 
Marilyn  Paul  writes  that  her  book,  It’s 
Hard  to  Make  a Difference  1 1 hen  Idu  Can’t  Find 
lour  Keys,  was  published  this  year  by  Pen- 
guin Putnam,  Inc.  (see  “Books,  etc.,”  page 
15).  Michelle  Friedman  participated  in 
an  AABC!  panel  on  hormone-replacement 
therapy  (see  page  7)  and  is  also  profiled  on 
page  53. 

Catherine  Blank  Mermelstein 
8 Patriot  Court 
East  Brunswick,  NJ  08816 
mermelspot@aol.com 


Frances  Flug  is  director  of  hematology 
in  the  pediatrics  department  of  the  Uni- 
veristy  of  Medicine  and  Dentistry'  of  New 
Jersey. 

Vivien  Li  hosted  a reception  in  Boston 
for  current  Barnard  students  and  alumnae. 
More  than  50  people  attended  despite  per- 
fectly dreadful  weather.  Vivian,  as  non- 
Bostonians  among  us  may  not  know, 
directs  the  Boston  Harbor  Association. 
Those  of  us  who  live  in  the  “hub  of  the 
universe”  saw'  Vivien  in  Boston  magazine, 
which  honored  her  as  “one  of  40  people 
who  hav'e  helped  make  Boston  what  it  is 
today.”  The  \AVCA  also  recognized 
Vivien’s  accomplishments  with  a leader- 
ship aw'ard  for  her  efforts  to  make  Boston’s 
waterfront  a clean  and  accessible. 

Hannah  Strauss  Magram’s  daugh- 
ter, Clara,  joyfully  moved  into  Reid  HaU  in 
the  fall.  She  is  a mathematics  major  and 
pre-med  student  who  “lov'es  the  piano 
music  of  Chopin  and  Cole  Porter,  the  nov- 
els of  Jane  Austen  and  Steven  Fry-;  and — 
since  her  first  visit  at  age  7 with  her  mom’s 
friend  Elizabeth  Konecky  ’74 — the 
enchantment  of  Manhattan.”  Hannah’s 
son,  Henry,  is  a junior  in  high  school;  her 
other  son,  David,  is  a senior  at  Yale.  She 
lives  in  Baltimore  near  friends  Amalia 
Fried  Honick  ’76  and  Sheila  Russian  ’74. 

Lynn  Poliak  Golombic  and  her  hus- 
band, Marty,  just  celebrated  their  20th 
anniversary  of  making  aliyah  to  Israel,  liv- 
ing in  Haifa  the  entire  time.  Daughter 
Elana,  23,  is  a second-year  student  at 
Hebrew  University,  majoring  in  physics 
and  humanities;  Yaela,  20,  is  a second  lieu- 
tenant in  the  Israeli  army,  serving  as  a tank 
engineer.  Tali,  17,  and  Adina,  16,  attend  a 
religious  girls’  high  school. 

Marty  is  a professor  of  computer  sci- 


52  Barnard  Winter  2003 


ence  at  Hail'a  University  and  head  of  the 
Edmond  Rothschild  Institute  for  Interdis- 
ciplinary Applications  of  Computer  Sci- 
ence. 

L-ymn  updates  us  on  her  career  in  Israel. 
“I  am  vice  president  of  marketmg  for  die 
dental  laser  business  unit  of  Lumenis,  a 
medical  laser  manufacturer  based  in 
Israel — so  anyone  who  wants  to  benefit 
from  laser  dentistry  can  contact  me  for 
names  of  dentists  in  her  area.” 

Lynn  is  in  touch  with  Florence 
Schlinsky,  who  Ih’es  in  Maaleh  Adumim, 
and  Barnard  alumnae  from  other  classes. 

Carol  Hess  is  featured  in  an  article 
about  Barnard’s  dance  department,  page 
18.  Hannah  Strauss  Magram  wiites 
that  her  book.  Railroads  of  the  IVest,  was 
published  this  year  by  Mason  Crest  Pub- 
lishers (see  “Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

Diana  Muir  Appelbaum 
100  Berkshire  Road 
Newton,  MA  02460 
DianaMuir@aol.com 


Sandra  Caskie  has  returned  to  her  full 
time  medical  practice.  She  is  birsy,  sending 
one  son  to  college,  and  the  other  to  high 
school  next  year.  Sandra  regrets  missing 
our  25th  reunion,  but  she  was  able  to 
make  it  to  her  3(Jth  high  school  reunion, 
“and  it  was  a hoot!” 

Bonni  Price  was  inteiviewcd  for  an 
article  on  Barnard  alumnae  in  the  food 
industry  page  3 1 . Enola  Aird  organized  a 
discussion  at  Barnard  about  motherhood 
last  fall,  and  is  featured  in  an  article  on 
page  10. 

Patricia  Donovan  Petersen 
1931  Lakehurst  Drive  SE 
Olympia,  WA  98501-4270 
PatPetersn@aol.com 


Deborah  Waldman,  who  lives  on  the 
Upper  West  Side,  di\-ides  her  life  into  day 
and  night.  By  day,  she’s  vice  president  at 
Bernstein  Im  estment  Research  and  Man- 
agement. By  night,  she  and  her  husband, 
John  Gatsos,  are  parents  to  toddler  twins, 
Sammy  and  Teddy. 

Doris  Egan  worked  on  W'all  Street 


ALUMNAE  PROFILE 

Michelle  Friedman  ’74 


It’s  almost  a New  York  City  cliche: 
Jewish  doctor  has  a successful  prac- 
tice and  home  on  the  Upper  West 
Side,  three  daughters  and  a husband 
who  works  in  finance — but  Dr. 
Michelle  Friedman’s  story  is  anything 
but  ordinary. 

Friedman  ’74,  is  a first-generation 
American  whose  parents,  both  Holo- 
caust sur\avors  from  Poland,  never 
attended  college. 

When  she  arrived  at  Barnard  at 
age  16,  having  grown  up  on  a small 
farm  in  the  Catskills,  the  protests  and 
upheaval  during  those  years  were 
confusing.  “I  didn’t  feel  connected  to 
the  dominant  force  among  the  stu- 
dents, which  was  to  radically  change 
society,”  she  says.  “I  wasn’t  comfort- 
able challenging  this  country.  It 


seemed  almost  ungrateful.” 

Which  is  not  to  say  that  she  didn’t 
find  valuable  connections  at  Barnard. 
In  fact,  she  credits  one  of  her  Barnard 
professors,  Elaine  Pagels,  for  piquing 
her  interest  in  psychiatry:  Studying 
religion,  she  was  intrigued  by  “what 
moved  people  the  most.  I wanted  to 
look  at  how  people  live  out  their  deep- 
est feelings.”  This  curiosity,  combined 
with  her  desire  to  be  a doctor,  which 
she  describes  as  “a  passion  to  be 
socially  useful,”  led  her  to  psychiatry. 
Her  choice  to  specialize  in  women’s 
reproductive  issues  stemmed  from 
personal  experience:  “Having  my 
own  kids  woke  me  up  to  pre-  and 
post-partum  mood  changes,  which 
weren’t  widely  discussed  at  the  time.” 

While  exploring  these  topics, 


until  her  company  had  a round  of  layolfs, 
when  she  heaiied  out  to  Los  .\ngelcs  and 
Itecame  a stall  writer  on  lA’  shows  includ- 
ing “Dark  Angel,"  “Early  Edition,”  “Pro- 
filer,” “SmalK'ille”  and  now  “'fhe  Agency.” 
She  has  had  four  novels  and  many  short 
stories  jrublishcd,  mostly  science  (iction 
and  fantasy  and  “imaginaiy  history.”  .And 
there  may  be  a TV  scries  of  her  ow  n in  the 
future. 

Ruth  Susser  King,  who  began  with 
our  class  but  graduated  in  1978,  lives  in 
East  Fallowfield,  Pa.,  with  her  husband 
and  four  children,  ages  4 to  14.  She  works 
part-time  iti  compittcrs.  Lori  Henig 
Schubert  lives  in  Montreal  with  her  hus- 
band, Peter  Schitbert  (former  conductor  of 
the  Barnard  Golumbia  Ghorus),  and  their 
son,  Ben,  16.  In  1998,  Lori  and  Peter 
founded  Viva  Voce,  a j^rofessional  classical 
vocal  ensemble.  In  addition  to  sitiging  pro- 
fessionally part-time,  Lori  does  freelance 
writing  and  editing.  Deborah  Gillaspie 
is  curator  of  the  Chicago  Jazz  Archive  at 
the  University  of  Chicago  Liliraiy:  She 
wanted  to  make  it  to  Reunion  but 
“fibromyalgia  is  keepitig  me  close  to  hotnc 


Friedman 
wondered 
how  they 
might  affect 
women  in  a 
religiously 
observant 
community. 

Now,  a quarter  of  the  patients  she 
counsels  are  observant  Jewish 
women,  and  she  is  working  on  a study 
of  sexual  life  among  this  population. 

In  addition  to  her  private  prac- 
tice, Friedman  is  an  assistant  clinical 
professor  of  psychiatry  at  Mount 
Sinai  Hospital  and  the  director  of 
pastoral  counseling  at  A’eshix'at 
Chovevei  Torah,  a rabbinical  semi- 
nary in  Manhattan. 

- Rebecca  Weiss 


\\  ixrF,R  2003  Barnard  53 


^ "iemm 


at  tlic  inomcm,”  she  wrote.  Evelyn  Berg- 
er Hartman  practices  psychoanalysis  in 
Manhattan  ;ind  Riwrtlale  and  li\es  iti 
Ri\  erdale  witli  her  hitsband,  Jim,  and  their 
three  childreti:  Jakc\’,  1 5;  Alsia,  1 3;  atid 
Benji,  1 1- Jim  is  a writer  and  Etigiish  pro- 
fessor. 

Janet  Blair  h\'es  tiear  Barnard  and  is 
at  L’tiioti  d'hcologictil  Semitiary  sttidying 
to  l3e  a pastor  in  the  Lutherati  church.  She 
has  a 14-year-old  son.  Janice  Pride- 
Boone  is  a solo  practitioner  in  pediatrics. 
She  aticl  her  htisbatid  mo\-cd  to  New 
Orleatis  three  years  ago  with  their  three 
children  wheti  he  accepted  a \ice  presi- 
dent jjosition  at  Harrah’s  Clasino.  Janice 
itn  iles  \ isitors  to  the  Big  Easy  to  look  her 
up. 

Regrets  and  greetings  to  all  those 
attending  Rcttnioti  came  from  Susan 
Bougess-Sawicki,  living  iti  Jerusalem, 
Enid  Krasner,  in  Philadelphia,  and 
Marianthe  Colakis,  in  Charlottcscille, 
\'a.  Mariatithc  wanted  us  to  send  special 
grcetitigs  to  Zehra  Cagarli,  her  bad- 
minton parttier  i'rom  freshman  year,  bitt  we 
ha\e  no  address  for  Zehra.  If  she  sees  this, 
or  if  atiyoite  has  ati  address  for  her,  jjlease 
let  tts  know. 

Liz  Neumark  is  featured  in  an  article 
about  alumnae  in  the  food  indttstiy,  page 
31. 

Two  series  of  children’s  books  that  I 
wrote  ha\’e  just  been  published.  The  first — 
“X  Science” — is  geared  toward  students  in 
grades  5 and  6 who  have  a second  or  third 
grade  reading  le\’el  and  includes:  Bermuda 
Triangle,  Bigfoot,  ESP,  Ghosts,  Lueh  Am  Mon- 
ster and  UFOs.  (My  son  had  f un  heljting  me 
write  those.)  The  other  series — “People  in 
My  Commtmity”—  includes  Bus  Driver, 
Dentist,  Doetor,  Fir^ghter,  Librarian  and  Police 
Officer.  These  books  are  principally  sold  to 
the  libraries  and  schools,  so  you  probably 
won't  see  them  in  your  local  bookstore — 
but  at  least  1 get  to  be  listed  at  Amazon! 

Jacqueline  Laks  Gorman 
1 1 1 Regal  Drive 
De  Kalb,  IL  60115 
jgorman7@juno.com 


NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 


Your  class  correspondent  has  been  o\’er 
hill  and  dale  gathering  news  for  this  col- 
umn. Oh,  the  fatigue!  Actually,  I sent  out 
an  electronic  query  \ia  the  new  Barnard 
listscrx;  and  recehed  the  following  llurrv 
(more  to  come  in  the  next  isstie): 

Our  Pulitzer  Prize-winner,  Natalie 
Angler,  whose  science  writing  in  The  .New 


lock  Times  has  kept  me  completely  up  to 
date  on  c\'crything  from  dung  beetles  to 
atheism,  has  edited  The  Best  American  Sci- 
ence & Nature  1 1 riting  2002  (Houghton  Mif- 
flin). Publisher’s  Weekly  calls  it  “eloquent, 
accessible  and  often  illuminating.”  Buy  it, 
or  may  the  dung  beetle  lea\e  something- 
on  your  doorstep.  Natalie's  take  on  our 
upcoming  25th  reunion:  “I’m  cotvering  in 
the  corner.” 

Don’t  jrut  away  your  credit  card  just 
yet.  Martha  Carpentier  recently  pub- 
lished The  Major  Novels  of  Susan  Glaspell 
(Lhiiversity  Press  of  Florida).  Martha 
chairs  the  English  department  at  Seton 
Hall  University  and  is  in  the  process  of 
beginning  “the  long  application  process 
for  full  professor.”  Proc’iding  emotional 
support,  along  with  her  husband,  are 
Lucien,  7,  and  Zoe,  5. 

And  now  a word  from  the  architects. 
Alina  Rodescu-Pitchon  has  her  own 
architecture  practice  in  Uonnecticut,  and 
is  also  the  architect  of  Ben,  16.  Ana 
Steinschraber  Eskreis  is  also  an  archi- 
tect, and  has  three  children;  daughter 
Rebecca  is  a sophomore  at  Barnard. 

It’s  hard  to  keep  up  t\  ith  Claire  Tse, 
not  only  because  she’s  a consultant  in 
inclusion  and  leadership  issues  and  is  co- 
authoring a book  on  Asian-Pacific  com- 
munication strategies,  but  because  last  I 
heard  she  was  training  for  the  Netv  5[’ork 
City  marathon.  “I  still  think  it  is  crazy  to 
run  26.2  miles  but  I do  it  once  a year,”  she 
writes,  breathlessly. 

It  sounds  like  a new  exercise  class  at 
the  g'V'in,  but  “psychornetrics”is  \vhat  Ida 
Markewich  Lawrence  studied  at  New 
York  Uni\’crsity'  graduate  school.  Ida,  her 
husband,  Geoffrey,  and  her  son  Andreev; 
13,  live  in  Lawrenceville,  N.J.,  where  Ida 
has  long  worked  for  the  Educational  Test- 
ing Service  (“the  ones  who  make  the 
SAT,”  she  notes,  which  is  already  giving 
me  the  sweats).  She’s  currently  in  research 
and  dev'elopment  “collaborating  on 
research  to  improve  test  design  and  make 
fairer  assessments.”  More  importantly, 
Ida  thinks  I’m  doing  a good  job  as  class 
correspondent.  (I  can’t  help  it,  I must 
report  the  news  truthfully!) 

Susan  Rosenberg  Gurman  is  a lit- 
erary agent  representing  “plays,  musicals, 
tcleplays,  screenplays  and  occasional!)'  the 
episodic  television  writer.”  She’s  still  in 
touch  with  Judi  Fleischner  Ecochard. 

Renata  Morgenstern  is  one  of  sev- 
eral classmates  w-ho  wrote  in  ruing  that 
they  never  had  the  opportunity-  to  live  on- 
campus.  “I  regret  the  experience  I think  I 


missed  whenever  friends  talk  about  their 
happy  college  years.”  Nevertheless,  life 
turned  out  well.  Renata  lives  near  New 
York  University,  works  in  product  devel- 
opment and  management  for  a division  of 
Thomson  Financial,  and  “I  balance  the 
left-brain  work  with  right-brain  singing  in 
the  Grace  Church  Choral  Society.”  At 
home,  she’s  “challenging  my  Manhattan 
attitudes”  with  her  partner,  a semi-retired 
New  York  City  police  detectiv'e  “from  so 
deep  in  Brooklyn  it  might  as  well  be 
another  state.” 

If  you’re  traveling  through  Towaco, 
NJ-,  and  find  yourself  in  dire  need  of 
spiritual  sustenance,  Claire  Denise 
Yarbrough  is  the  person  to  see.  “I’m  the 
rector  of  a small  Episcopal  church  in  the 
Diocese  of  Newark.”  She’s  working  on 
her  doctor  of  ministry  at  Princeton,  spe- 
cializing in  “how  our  pluralistic  culture 
impacts  religious  experience”  for  Chris- 
tians. Now  divorced,  Denise  and  her  two 
children,  Bonnie,  16,  and  Robin,  13,  have 
joined  forces  with  Tracy  Mitrano  and  her 
two  children,  Nikko,  10,  and  Sam,  6.  “We 
are  e.xpecting  to  have  a commitment/ 
union  ceremony  next  May.” 

Cathy  Altman  Noequet  is  married 
and  has  a 3-year-old  daughter.  They  live 
in  Paris,  where  Cathy  comes  up  with  les 
mots  justes  (unital)  for  an  advertising  agency. 

Elizabeth  Gregory  is  “hav-ing  a fine 
time  teaching  in  Texas”  at  the  Univ'ersity  of 
Houston.  She’s  on  the  advisory  council  of 
the  Friends  of  Women’s  Studies,  and  is 
working  on  “a  collection  of  historical 
essays  on  the  great  modernist  poet  Mari- 
anne Moore.” 

Mady  Kaplan  was  an  actress  for 
about  20  years,  but  perhaps  motherhood 
(she  has  two  daughters)  is  what  made  her 
decide  to  get  a master’s  degree  in  social 
work  and  change  professions.  She’s  now  a 
clinical  social  worker  “specializing  in  chU- 
clren  and  families”  on  the  Upper  \Vest 
Side. 

Judith  Schwartz,  a gynecologist  and 
assistant  clinical  professor  of  obstetrics  and 
gynecology  at  Mount  Sinai  Hospital,  is  fea- 
tured in  an  article  about  hormone-replace- 
ment therapy  on  page  7. 

For  information  about  Reunion  activi- 
ties, go  to  vv'ww.barnard.edu/ 
alum/reunion/reunion2003.html.  If  you’d 
like  to  subscribe  to  the  class  listserv,  and 
Barnard  does  not  already  have  your  e-mail 
address,  send  an  e-mail  to 
majordomo@barnard.edu.  Leav'e  the  sub- 
ject line  blank  and  type  “subscribe  bc78” 
as  the  text  of  the  message. 


54  Barnard  Wix  i kr  2003 


Tune  in  next  issue  for  more  exciting 
class  news,  including  . . . the  classmate  who 
isn’t  sure  I remember  her!  The  classmate 
who  forgot  to  include  her  last  name!  Class- 
mates whose  children  are  old  enough  to 
drive!  And  more! 

Jami  Bernard 
148  W.  23rd  St.,  ID, 
New  York,  NY  10011 
jamibern@aol.com 


Diana  Thompson  performed  her  poet- 
ly  with  a jazz  band  in  Manhattan  last 
October.  In  November,  she  was  the  soloist 
and  a song  leader  for  the  New  York  City 
Marathon  Worship  Servdee;  later  that  day, 
she  completed  her  fifth  consecutive  New 
York  City  Marathon. 

Arlene  Donaldson  is  still  working  at 
Pfizer  in  New  York.  She  has  three  children: 
Eric  15;  Kelly,  14;  and  Marcus,  6.  Last 
November,  she  saw  Marguerite  (Meg)  Del 
Valle  ’78  and  her  daughter  Amelia,  1. 

Margo  Amgott  had  an  eventful  year. 
She  writes,  “Molly  Julia  Amgott  Stern  was 
born  on  Feb.  4,  200 1 , after  a long  hospital- 
ization for  her  high-risk  mom.  She’s 
healthy,  beautiful  and  funny,  but  new  jrar- 
enthood  at  our  age  (at  any  age?)  is  hard. 
When  Molly  was  five  weeks  old,  our  house 
caught  fire  and  we’ve  been  living  in  a tem- 
porary apartment  while  we  rebuild.  Awful, 
but  we  and  our  cats  aU  survived  and  my 
job  at  Columbia  is  within  walking  distance. 
We’ve  liked  city  li\-ing  with  a baby  so  much 
that  we’U  use  our  house  for  weekends  once 
it  is  whole  again,  and  have  contracted  to 
buy  a coop  on  East  74tlr  Street.  I’d  be 
happy  to  hear  from  other  late  moms,  and 
other  Upper  East  Siders.” 

Ruth  Zodkevitch  Scher  works  part- 
time  as  a physician  in  a radiology  practice, 
and  enjoys  her  husband  and  three  chil- 
dren. “For  men,  I must  say  that  my  hus- 
band has  always  been  awesome,  and  his 
sacrifices  have  allowed  for  the  best  of  both 
worlds  for  our  family!  I wish  only  the  same 
for  you  and  your  family,  that  life  will  be 
filled  with  the  most  ‘valuable’  of  riches-i.e. 
of  heart  and  soul!”  she  writes. 

Shari  Teitelbaum  is  director  of  mar- 
ket research  at  Philip  Morris  U.S.A.,  and 
resides  in  Westchester  with  her  husband, 
and  two  daughters:  Elizabeth,  13,  and 
Jocelyn,  10.  Since  1980,  Shari,  Stephanie 
Litwack  Block,  Andrea  Meyer  and 
Susan  Carol  “plus  two  ‘honorary’ 
Barnard  grads,”  hav'e  met  for  dinner  at 
least  once  a year.  “It  started  when  we  were 
all  single,  with  no  kids,  and  we  had  nothing 


to  do  on  Christmas  since  \\'e’rc  all  Je\\'ish,” 
Shari  writes.  “After  that,  we  started  getting 
together  periodically  throughout  the  year 
to  make  spaghetti.”  Hence,  they’re  called 
the  “Spaghetti  Club.”  Now  their  families 
are  also  part  of  the  tradition.  “Sjraghetli 
Club”  members  attended  Shari’s  older 
daughter’s  bat  mitz\'ah  last  year,  as  did 
Valerie  Schwarz  Mason  ’80  and  Merle 
Myerson  ’78. 

Shari  reports  that  Susan  Carol  is  an 
emergency  room  physician,  and  relocated 
to  Salt  Lake  City  with  her  husband  and 
son,  4.  Stephanie  Litwack  Block  is  a 
homemaker  living  in  Manhattan  with  two 
sons,  ages  10  and  6.  Andrea  Meyer  is  a 
caterer  in  New  York.  Valerie  Mason  ’80  is 
an  attorney  living  in  Manhattan  with  her 
son,  6.  Merle  Myerson  ’78  is  a cardiologist 
and  lives  in  Cooperstow'ii. 

Carolyn  Hochstadter  Dicker  still 
liv^es  in  Cheny  Hill,  NJ.,  aticl  works  as  an 
attorney  at  KJehr,  Harrison’s  Philadelphia 
office,  specializing  in  creditor  rights.  She 
was  recently  elected  to  the  board  of 
trustees  of  Politz  Day  School  in  Cherry 
Hill,  a modern  Orthodox  school  which 
two  of  her  children,  Michal,  1 1 , and 
Shrmshon,  6,  attend.  Her  youngest,  Yehu- 
da, is  2.  Carolyn’s  husband,  Adam,  is  an 
associate  professor  and  director  of  experi- 
mental radiation  oncology  at  Ehomas  Jef- 
ferson University  Hospital  in  Philadelphia. 

Dina  Shtull-Leber  was  named  prin- 
cipal of  the  Hebrew  Day  School,  an  ele- 
mentary school  in  Ann  Arbor,  Mich.  She  is 
“blessed  with  a wonderful  family  including 
three  children,  17,  14  and  12.  The  oldest  is 
a senior  in  high  school  and  exploring  col- 
leges. The  youngest  wUJ  celebrate  her  bat 
mitzvah  this  year.  The  middle  one  has  just 
started  high  school.” 

Cihan  Sultanoglu  writes  that  “after 
completion  of  an  MIA  at  Columbia,  I 
joined  the  United  Nations  Development 
Programme  (UNDP).  I have  lived  and 
worked  in  Thailand,  Malawi,  New  York 
and  Morocco  and  been  to  more  than  35 
other  countries  on  v'arious  business  activi- 
ties. Currently,  I’m  the  United  Nations  res- 
ident coordinator  and  the  UNDP  resident 
representative  in  Vilnius,  Lithuania.  I find 
my  work  very'  gratifying;  but  too  much 
movement  has  prevented  me  from  settling 
down  with  a family.  I haven’t  yet  given  up, 
though.” 

Diane  Stein  is  a social  worker  in  New 
York  City.  Our  condolences  to  her  on  the 
death  of  her  mother,  Marie,  in  May  2002. 
Her  father  has  returned  to  New  York  from 
Maiyland  to  live  near  his  daughter. 


Helene  Rubinstein  Pitzer  still  lives 
in  Merrick,  N.Y,  and  reports  that  .Angela 
Dambrie  '80  is  living  in  Poriland.  Maine. 

Sissy  Cargill  Biggers  and  Louise 
Kramer  were  inteivicwcd  for  an  article 
about  Barnard  alumnae  in  the  l()od  indus- 
try, [rage  3 1 . 

Nieca  Goldberg  jrarlicipated  in  an 
.AABC  jrancl  on  hormone-rejrlacemeni 
therapy.  See  ]5age  7.  Holly  Williams  is 
featured  in  an  article  about  Barntird’s 
dance  department,  page  18. 

Ilise  Levy  Feitshans 
120  Warwick  Road 
Haddonfield,  NJ  08033 
856-428-0605;  fax:  856-428-4198 
ilise@prodigy.net 


My  tiame  is  Amber  and  I’ll  be  your  server. 
For  starters,  we  have  Lois  Elfiman  on  a 
roll.  She  writes,  “My  compatiy,  Ashton 
International  Media,  Inc.,  has  been  pub- 
lishing International  Figure  Skating  magazine 
since  1994.  IVonmis  Basketball  magazine 
was  launched  in  1999.  I am  editor-in-chief 
for  both  publications.  Over  the  sumtner, 
we  purchased  Primedia’s  Collectibles 
Group,  which  includes  DoU  Reader,  Teddy 
Bear  and  Friends,  and  Teddy  Crafts  maga- 
zines. Iti  November,  we  released  our  first 
book,  Frozen  dvvfh,  about  the  figure  skating 
world. ’’Adding  to  the  titles,  Lois’s  compa- 
ny purchased  Volleyball  magazine  last 
October. 

The  entree  is  the  \Vomen’s  Dinner, 
hosted  by  Lubavitch  of  the  Palisades  (New 
Jersey)  last  May,  honoring  Lisa  Sprung 
Cohen.  With  her  art  history  degree  from 
Barnard,  Lisa  became  assistant  architec- 
ture editor  for  House  Beautiful,  then  associ- 
ate editor  for  Interiors  Magazine  with  her 
own  column,  “Hot  Spots,”  focusing  on 
architectural  and  interior  design  projects 
around  the  world.  With  her  husband, 
James,  Lisa  has  three  sons,  Robert,  1 1 , 
Justin,  10,  and  .Alexander,  7.  She  is  an 
active  supporter  of  the  Clhabad  House  in 
Tenafly  NJ.,  particularly  its  education  and 
outreach  programs. 

For  dessert,  a treat -the  first  note  in  22 
years  from  Wendy  Friedman  Serlin: 
“I’v'e  been  living  in  Israel  for  1 0 years,  the 
last  six  in  Beit  Shemesh  (a  city  between  Eel 
.Aviv  and  Jerusalem),  where  a fair  number 
of  Barnard  alumnae  from  various  classes 
reside.  I’m  a social  worker,  working  with 
new  immigrants  from  English-speaking 
countries,  helping  them  plan  their  move  to 
Israel  and  getting  settled  here.  For  the  ])a.st 
two  years,  I've  been  a stay-at-home  mom. 


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which  is  something  I ne\'er  expected  to  be, 
hut  I have  h\e  children  and  my  husband 
works  long  hours  and  it  \vas  getting  too 
tough  to  juggle  it  all.  So,  while  I have 
mixed  feelings  (I  do  miss  the  professional 
satisfaction  1 rccei\ed  from  working  out- 
side the  home),  staying  home  is  the  correct 
decision  for  now.  I ha\'e  three  girls:  one  13, 
and  n\  ins,  age  4,  and  two  boys,  ages  6 and 
10.  .So,  I'm  busy  doing  home\vork,  run- 
ning the  house,  drhing  carpools,  picking 
up  Legos,  cleaning  Pla\-Doh  out  of  hair 
and  carpets,  etc.  Despite  the  fact  that  there 
is  a terrorist  war  going  on  m this  country, 
we  try  to  li\  e a normal  life.  Lhifortunately, 
the  tragedies  strike  too  frec[uently  and 
hurt.  I just  \\anted  to  take  this  opportuni- 
ty to  wish  all  mv  classmates  good  luck  and 
hajDpiness  in  whatec'er  they're  pursuing, 
and  peace  throughout  the  world.'’ 

Rhonda  Rubinson  is  featured  in  an 
article  on  Barnard’s  dance  department, 
page  18.  Toby  Freilich  Appleton  has 
co-produced  and  wTitten  the  film,  “Secret 
Lives:  Hidden  ClhUdren  & Their  Rescuers 
During  ^Vorkl  War  11.”  The  film  was 
recently  shown  as  part  of  the  New  York 
Jewish  Film  Festi\al  at  Lincoln  Center  in 
Januaiy  (see  “Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

Amber  Spence  Zeidler 
4601  Vista  De  Oro  Ave. 

Woodland  Hills,  CA  91364 
818-704-7457 
misatindol@aol.com 


Last  year  was  an  c\’entful  one.  There’s 
an  old  Cihinese  curse:  May  you  li\c  in 
interesting  times,  ^\e  certainly  are,  don't 
you  think?  But  it  builds  character  and 
keeps  life  interesting. 

I'm  on  a y oga/meditation  retreat  in  the 
Catskills,  where  it’s  jrcaceful,  especially 
considering  how  tenuous  peace  seems  in 
the  world  at  large.  The  contemjrlation  I’c-e 
been  able  to  do  here  has  been  fruitful: 
Abide  in  SUence.  You  may  want  to  tiy  it 
out.  too.  It’s  hard  to  imagine  how  many 
thoughts  we  ha\e,  and  how  many  types  of 
thoughts,  until  we  tune  in.  At  least,  that’s 
what  r\’e  found. 

Life  goes  on  peacefully  for  most  of  us. 
But  Laura  Hambleton,  Ih  ing  in  Chevy 
Chase,  Md.,  was  in  the  line  of  fire  while 
the  sniper  was  on  the  loose.  From  9/11  to 
snipers,  she  notes.  She  says  it’s  been  hard 
on  her  and  her  children,  ages  5 and  8,  and 
cveiyone  she  knows.  “^Ve  feel  extraordi- 
narily vulnerable.  AVe  feel  like  random 
victims.  In  an  essay  she  wrote  for  The 
Boiton  Globe,  she  said  it  felt  like  9/  1 1 all 
over  again.  “This  time  the  acts  of  terror 
are  different,  less  grandiose,  but  no  less 
frightening,”  she  noted  in  her  essay.  “We 
hear  the  ringing  of  the  shots  as  surely  as 
we  feel  the  crisp  air  on  these  beautiful  fall 
days.  \\’e  hear  the  profound  silence  of  our 
children.”  The  essay  also  ran  in  The 
Philadelphia  Inquirer,  the  Daily  Mews  of  Los 
Angeles  and  the  Chicago  Tribune.  “I  think  it 
struck  a note  among  parents  around  the 
country,”  she  writes.  At  least,  the  snipers 
have  now  been  caught. 

Jana  Schulman  moved  from 
Louisiana  to  Kalamazoo,  Mich.,  where  she 
is  an  associate  professor  in  the  English 
department  at  \Vestern  Michigan  L’niver- 
sity.  She  bought  a condo/townhouse  and 
jrlans  to  fix  it  up.  “I  can’t  tell  y'ou  how- 
happy  I am  to  be  here,”  she  writes.  “The 
Medieval  Institute  here  hosts  the  Interna- 
tional Medieval  Congress  and  so  there’s 
always  something  happening.”  She  teaches 
graduate  students,  master’s  and  Ph.D.  can- 
didates, specializing  in  Old  English,  and 
also  teaches  creative  writing.  The  book 
Jana  edited,  The  Rise  of  the  Medieval  World 
500-1300  AD  (Greenwood  Press,  2002), 
comes  out  soon.  She  reports  that  she 
recently  vacationed  with  classmates  Cam 
Nyhen  and  Jean  Pedersen  and  they  had 
a blast. 

Jane  Harari  Federman  is  an  emer- 
gency room  physician  at  North  Shore  Uni- 
versity Hospital  in  Long  Island.  She  and 
her  husband,  Paul,  celebrated  15  years  of 


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marriage  in  December.  They  have  two 
dogs  and  Jane  notes  happily  that  they  w-ill 
not  be  going  to  school  for  advanced 
degrees.  She  also  reports  that  Jessica 
Tiniano-w  is  a rehabilitation  physician  in 
Chicago. 

Rabbi  Sharon  Kleinbaum  just  cele- 
brated 1 0 years  as  senior  rabbi  of  Congre- 
gation Beth  Simchat  Torah,  the  largest  gay 
and  lesbian  sy-nagogue  in  the  world. 

Ann  Fisher  is  a relationship  manager 
at  Fleet  Bank,  lending  money  to  small  busi- 
nesses in  low  to  moderate  income  areas. 
Her  daughter,  Dina,  is  3 years  old,  and 
Ann  hopes  she’ll  soon  have  a sister,  also  to 
be  adopted  from  Russia. 

Elizabeth  Burns  writes  that  her 
novel,  77//,  was  published  by  Sourcebooks 
Landmark  this  year.  Adena  Tanenbaum 
had  her  book,  The  Contemplative  Soul:  Hebrew 
Poetry  and  Philosophical  Theory  in  Medieval 
Spain,  published  in  2002.  Wendy  White’s 
painting  were  on  exhibit  at  the  New  Light 
Gallery  in  Lauderdale  by  the  Sea,  Fla.  (see 
“Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

That’s  aU  the  news  for  now.  I hope  we’ll 
all  have  peace  in  our  lives  and  in  the  world. 
5\’hatever  comes,  let’s  all  keep  in  touch. 

Diane  Goldner 
2652  29th  St.,  #6 
Santa  Monica,  CA  90405 
310-452-4848 
dianegoldner@msn.com 


WTiting  this  column  is  turning  out  to  be 
one  of  the  most  interesting  and  fun  “jobs” 
I’ve  ev'er  had!  It’s  been  to  hear  from  every- 
one and  catch  up  on  your  lives. 

Our  class  fund  chair,  Mercedes 
Jacobson,  was  appointed  an  assistant  pro- 
fessor of  neurology  at  Temple  University 
Hospital  and  School  of  Medicine.  Mer- 
cedes has  received  many  awards  for  her 
work,  including  being  named  one  of  the 
“Top  Docs”  for  women  in  200 1 by  Philadel- 
phia magazine. 

Rosa  Alonso  chairs  a new  board  of 
trustees  committee  on  diversity;  enhancing 
the  work  Barnard  does  to  support  its  stu- 
dents, alumnae  and  faculty. 

Pam  Eddinger  wTites  that  she  has 
been  appointed  interim  vice  president  of 
academic  affairs  at  MassBay  Community 
College  in  ^Vellesley;  Mass. 

Erika  Spongberg  recently  moved  to 
Seatde  from  Chicago,  where  she  was  in 
seminary,  to  complete  her  master’s  in 
divinity  training  by  doing  a concurrent 
chaplaincy  residency  and  post-graduate 
addiction  treatment  fellowship  at  the  Vet- 


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eran  Affaii  s Puget  Sound  Health  Care  Sys- 
tem. “Lots  of  work,”  she  says,  but  she’s 
enjoying  it  “immensely.” 

My  wonderful  first-year  roommate, 
Kathleen  Claffy  Johnson,  recently 
formed  a partnership  with  her  husband  in 
their  field  of  recruiting.  When  she’s  not 
traveling  around  the  country  recruiting, 
Kathy  makes  phone  calls  from  home  in 
her  sweats.  (With  a twice-daily  hour-long 
commute  on  the  Long  Island  Railroad, 
how  envious  am  I?) 

Another  classmate  with  an  emfiable 
commute  is  Randi-Jean  Hedin,  a securi- 
ties and  corporate  partner  at  Kelley  Diye 
& Warren  LLP,  based  in  Stamford,  Conn, 
(which  makes  her  travel  from  Darien  a 
mere  12  minutes!).  She  writes,  “I’m  busy 
not  just  with  work  but  being  the  mom  of 
two  very  active  boys,  ages  2 and  7 ...  terrif- 
ic guys!  In  my  spare  time.  I’m  on  the 
boards  of  the  Volunteer  Center  of  South- 
western Fairfield  County  and  the  Center 
for  Hope.” 

Another  of  our  class  attorneys,  Ottilie 
Jarmel,  is  counsel  at  Shearman  & Ster- 
ling, where  she  practices  corporate  law. 
She  has  two  sons,  Neal,  4,  and  Lucas,  2. 

Michele  Lynn  writes  that  contrary  to 
what  she  read  about  herself  in  a column 
from  the  Summer  2002  issue,  she  and  her 
husband,  Steve  McConaughey  (Columbia 
Engineering  ’82),  have  but  one  child,  Kyle, 
6.  Michele  writes,  “I  was  quite  surprised  to 
read  about  my  second  child — do  you  know 
something  that  I don’t?!”  Sorry,  Michele!  I 
don’t  know  how  that  error  crept  in — but  I 
don’t  want  you  to  think  I really  do  “make 
stuff  up”  if  I don’t  get  enough  responses 
from  you  all,  as  I threatened  recently! 

Another  Barnard-Columbia  union: 
Sarah  Graber  Nehrer  writes  from 
Cleveland  that  she  is  married  to  Jonathan 
Nehrer  (CC  ’80) — they  met  eight  years 
after  college  and  have  been  married  for  1 4 
years,  and  have  three  kids:  Josh,  1 1;  Esther, 
10;  and  Tovah,  6.  Sarah  works  part-time  as 
a speech  pathologist  and  is  preparing  for 
the  “double  whammy”  of  bar  and  bat 
mitzvah  celebrations  in  one  weekend  dur- 
ing May  2004. 

Susan  Mazze  writes  from  Redondo 
Beach,  Calif  “My  husband.  Bill,  and  I 
now  have  a 6-month-old  baby  boy, 
Skyler — the  latest  addition  to  our  family, 
which  includes  Bill’s  two  boys,  21  and  17, 
and  my  daughter,  13.  We  have  a full 
house,  but  Skyler  is  the  only  one  who 
thinks  we  know  everything  (or  anything- 
for  that  matter)!” 

Marie  Cotter  DeNino’s  daughter,  a 


high  school  senior,  was  named  a National 
Merit  Scholarship  semifinalist.  She  also 
received  the  Wellesley  Book  Award,  and 
was  named  AP  Scholar  with  Distinction. 
“All  of  my  news  concerns  my  kids,”  Marie 
says.  “In  a few  years  it  will  be  my  turn!” 

In  the  “it’s  never  too  late  to  learn”  cat- 
egory, Andrea  Mercado  writes  that  she 
learned  how  to  ride  a bike  the  summer 
before  last  and  recently  finished  her  first 
“century”  (100  mile)  ride — the  Seagull 
Century  in  Salisbury,  Md. — on  a beat-up 
secondhand  hybrid,  in  pouring  rain.  “My 
time  wasn’t  great,”  she  says,  “but  I did  fin- 
ish— and,  surprisingly,  without  next-day 
aches  and  pains!” 

Yolanda  Navarro  Rodriguez 

remarried  in  July  to  Tomas  Pagan,  “a  won- 
derful man  and  the  love  of  my  life.”  She 
says  that  she  has  decided  to  retire  at  “the 
early  age  of  41”  and  is  steadily  convincing 
her  husband  to  do  the  same. 

Terri  Levine  Rosenblum  wrote  to 
ask  if  I was  the  same  person  who  played 
clarinet  with  her  at  Brookside  Junior  High 
School.  Terri  and  I hadn’t  seen  each  other 
in  more  than  30  years  and  it  turns  out  tliat 
she  transferred  to  Barnard  from  University 
of  Pennsylvania  in  her  junior  year  after  get- 
ting married,  but  we  never  ran  into  each 
other  on  campus.  It  has  been  a joy  to  rem- 
inisce with  her  and  catch  up.  Terri  and  her 
husband,  Marc,  a rice  president  at  Clarins, 
live  in  Franklin  Lakes,  NJ.,  and  have  three 
kids,  Sammy,  19,  Jamie,  14,  and  Stephanie, 
10.  Terri  is  a stay-at-home  mom  and  does  a 
lot  of  painting,  mostly  watercolors,  but 
thinks  her  clarinet  is  probably  under  the 
bed  or  in  a closet  somewhere! 

Maria-Anna  Zimmerman  is  chair- 
man of  the  music  department  at  The 
Brearley  School,  “another  terrific  single- 
sex school  in  the  city.”  She  is  married  to 
Matthew  J.  Boylan  (CC  ’82),  and  they  have 
two  “feisty  and  spirited”  daughters,  both  at 
Brearley,  fourth-grader  Corinna  and  sec- 
ond-grader Talia.  In  addition  to  “mother- 
ing, vrifing,  teaching  and  administrating,” 
she  is  stiU  an  active  riolinist. 

Maria  Pignataro  Nielsen 
9 East  Rogues  Path 
Huntington  Station,  NY  11746-1909 
631-351-1960 
mariapnielsen@yahoo.com  or 
pignatm@hrw.org 

Class  listserv:  bc82@barnard.edu 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Barbara  Sicalides  received  the 
Philadelphia  Bar  Association’s  First  Union 


Fidelity  Award,  the  association’s  top 
award,  in  December.  The  award  is  pre- 
sented annually  by  the  bar  association  to 
an  individual  who  has  made  significant 
accomplishments  in  improring  the  admin- 
istration of  justice.  Barbara  is  a partner 
with  law  firm  Pepper  Hamilton,  based  in 
Philadelphia,  and  president  of  the  board 
of  directors  of  Philadelphia  Volunteers  for 
the  Indigent  Program.  She  is  a member  of 
Pepper’s  commercial  litigation  practice 
group  and  focuses  on  antitrust  litigation 
and  counseling. 

Nora  Beck  recently  released  her 
novel,  Fiametta,  available  through  Carlton 


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^ CLASS  NOTES 
DEADLINES 

Summer  2003 
Monday,  May  19 
(Reunion  classes — 
Monday,  June  9) 

Fall  2003 

Monday,  August  18 


Street  Press,  at  \\-w\v.carltoiistreetpress. 
eoni.  Juliet  Sarkessian  also  had  her 
no\el.  Trio  Sonata.  jDiiblished  this  )ear  b\' 
The  Haworth  Press,  (see  “Books,  etc.,” 
page  15). 

For  information  about  Reunion  acthi- 
ties,  go  to  wr\\v.barnard.edu/alum/ 
reunion/reunion20()3.httnl.  If  you’d  like  to 
subscribe  to  the  class  listsen;  and  Barnard 
does  tiot  already  ha\'e  your  e-m;iil  address, 
send  an  e-mail  to  majordomo 
@barnard.edti.  Lea\-e  the  subject  line 
blank  and  Upe  “subscribe  bc83”  as  the  text 
of  the  message. 

Renata  Pompa 
350  W.  57th  St.,  Apt.  10G 
New  York  10019 
212-582-9447 
rpompa(a)p  roskauer.com 

Azita  Bagheri  Silvershein 
1400  Chestnut  Ave. 

Manhattan  Beach,  CA  90266 
aziinc@aol.com 


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Our  own  Margaxita  (Ari)  Brose  Orr  is 

now  the  jtresident  of  the  .Miimnae  Associ- 
ation of  Barnard  C'.ollegc  (.AVBC).  Oon- 
grattilations,  Ari! 

Arielle  (Cookie)  Orlow  Hendel, 
Regina  Asaro.  Sansi  Sussman.  and 
Yvonne  Serres  Willard,  Bartiard  ba.s- 
ketball  teatn  buddies,  cotigregated  in  New 
York  City,  from  San  Jose  and  Boston,  for 
Reutiion  weekend.  Phey  kept  a promise 
they  had  made  each  other  at  Barttard,  that 
“we'd  meet  for  our  4Uth  birthdays  togeth- 
er. It  seemed  like  an  eternit)'  then,  but  now 
I eantiot  tell  you  where  that  time  flew,  ^\e 
were  going  to  go  to  a \ illa  in  Tuscany  but 
we  etided  up  in  Manhattan  at  'Fuscan,  the 
restatirant/bar." 

.\rielle  also  tells  us  that  she  has  become 


a true  soccer  mom  as  her  three  kids-  Yoni, 
Keren  and  Fiytan-  are  all  placing  soccer. 
Doroti,  her  husband,  is  both  ]ria\-ing  and 
refling  soccer.  Keren  also  does  gymnastics 
and  was  asked  to  be  on  the  team,  quite  an 
honor  for  a 7-year-old  girl!  As  for  .-\rielle, 
herself  she  is  "bn.sy  with  substituting  when 
1 want  to.  and  of  course,  doing  my  \olun- 
teering  at  Fedcratioti,  the  schools  and  the 
s^'nagog■uc.  F\  e started  making  dolls  alotig 
with  other  crafts  and  am  thinking  about 
selling  some  of  them.” 

Yvonne  Serres  Willard  also  saw 
Beth  Knobel,  Ira  Gilbert  (GC  ’85)  and 
Frank  Capalbo  (GG  ’83)  at  the  US  Open  in 
September.  Beth  is  the  GBS  News  bureau 
chief  in  Moscow.  Thankfully,  tieither  Beth 
nor  her  fatnily  were  harmed  by  the  recent 
Ghechen  terrorist  siege  at  the  theater  iti 
Moscow. 

Lorraine  Newman  Mackler  writes, 
"My  mom,  Rita  Stnilowitz  Newman  ’57 
aticl  I arc  still  mourning  the  loss  of  my 
belo\ed  father  in  ,\]jril.  1 was  touched  by 
the  matiy  Bartiard  friends  who  reached  out 
to  me.  itiduding  Lynn  Kestin  Sessler, 
Irene  Friedland,  Adele  Breen- 
Franklin,  Naomi  Bareli  Urbaitel,  and 
Jessica  Elfenbein,  Laurie  Uien  ’82  and 
Marian  .Alexander  ’83,  and  my  consins 
Gloria  Smiloivitz  Mosenkis  ’87  and  Rachel 
Smilowitz  Teitz  ’90. " Oti  a happier  note, 
Lorraine  was  delighted  to  welcome  Jessi- 
ca Elfenbein  and  her  mother  to  her 
home  in  Pittsbnrgh,  wheti  Jessica  was  in 
town  for  an  academic  meeting.  Jessica  and 
Lorraine  celebrated  their  40th  birthdays  a 
few  days  in  ad\  ance  "with  candles  stuck  iti 
petit  fours.” 

Georgia  Pestana  jiarticipated  in  a 
panel  on  chic  leadership  (see  page  6).  Ali- 
son Mesrop  is  featured  in  an  article 
aliout  Barnard  alumnae  in  the  food  itidus- 
tiy,  page  31.  Leslie  Greenbaum  Fram 
writes  that  her  book,  How  to  Marry  a 
Divorced  Man.  was  published  this  \car  b\- 
ReganBooks-Harper  Collins  (see  "Books, 
etc.,”  page  15). 

Suzanne  Seferian 
5 Columbia  Ave. 

Hopewell,  NJ  08525 
sseferia@corus.jnj.com 

Lynn  Kestin  Sessler 
43  Dale  Drive 
Edison,  NJ  08820 
lkestin@optonline.net 


Susan  Oliff  has  four  lioys,  ages  9,  6,  2 
and  6 months.  She  “retired”  from  practic- 


ing law,  and  is  now  a stay-at-home  mom, 
homeschooling  her  children.  “My  life  is 
rich  and  full,”  she  writes. 

Jillian  Medoff  writes  in  to  let  us  know 
that  her  second  no\  el.  Good  Girls  Gone  Bad, 
was  released  last  year  by  W’illiam  Morrow, 
and  that  her  first  no\  cl,  Hunger  Point,  was 
made  into  a Lifetime  mo\'ie  in  January. 
Sasha  Troyan’s  nox'el,  Angels  in  the  Morn- 
ing, was  published  this  year  b)'  The  Perma- 
nent Press.  Jessica  Chornesky,  who  was 
featured  in  the  Fall  203  issue  of  Barnard 
magazine,  will  ha\e  her  exhibit,  70  Up, 
featured  at  the  Museum  of  the  Ciy  of 
New  York  (see  “Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

Maris  Fink  Liss 
22640  Twyckingham  Way 
Southfield,  Ml  48034 


I was  glad  to  hear  from  all  of  you  about 
your  musical  inclinations  and  talents.  I’ll 
have  to  think  of  another  theme!  'Phis  col- 
utnn  is  an  itplifting  part  of  my  routine. 
The  only  introduction  needed  is  that,  as 
always,  you  are  all  so  inspiring. 

Helen  Gleason  credits  her  Barnard 
educatioti  for  encouraging  her  to  read.  She 
is  currently  reading  Derek  Walcott, 
Charles  \\'right  and  James  W’right.  Helen 
writes  poetiy  “in  a beat,  sometimes  formal- 
istic stsie.”  She  studies  guitar  and  \'oice, 
does  licensed  massage  therapy  at  Midtown 
Therapy,  cooks  for  .AIDS  patients  on  the 
\veekends,  and  is  hopes  to  open  a cafe  or 
become  a nurse.  She  sends  her  lo\'e  to  all 
the  beaittiful  minds  and  sisters  at  Bartiard. 

I receh'ed  a great  note  (and  press  kit 
and  CD!)  from  Chisa  Hidaka.  She  does 
orthapaedics  research  at  the  Hospital  for 
Sjiecial  Surgery  in  Nets'  Abrk  during  the 
day  and  sings  in  a band  ssith  her  husband, 
Pat  Cahill  (who  plays  Clhapman  Stick  and 
trumpet),  after  hours.  The  band  is  called 
Stuck,  and  they  have  a new  CD  of  origi- 
nal material,  “iVe’re  Stuck”  (wwwsstick- 
ymessmusic.com).  See  “Books,  etc.”  on 
page  15. 

Errika  Kalomiris  Burke  says  that 
she  fitiaUy  likes  what  she  does,  practicing 
real  estate  law  and  working  as  a real  estate 
broker  at  City  Chateaus,  sellitig  apart- 
ments in  New  Abrk.  Errika,  her  husbatid, 
Fredric  Dickinson  Burke  (whom  she  mar- 
ried in  2000),  and  their  cat,  a Chartreaux 
named  Gratie,  have  a hoitse  in  Bedford 
Hills,  N.A’.,  which  she  is  (soitnd  familiar?) 
reno\ating. 

Desiree  Kim  Bookstein  was 

appointed  executb’e  director  of  the 
Mayor’s  .Adi'isory  Committee  on  thejudi- 


58  Barnard  ^\'l^  ikr  2003 


ciaiT  in  New  York  City.  She  will  act  as 
liaison  to  the  chair,  vice  chair  and  com- 
mittee members,  and  administer  and 
track  all  judicial  appointments.  She  is  spe- 
cial inspector  general  for  bias  matters  in 
the  New  York  State  Unified  Court  Sys- 
tem, w'here  she  supervises  and  conducts 
confidential  investigations  for  the 
statewide  office. 

Pamela  Carroll  Lamberson,  her 

husband,  Kevin  (CC  ‘85),  and  their 
daughter,  Emma,  1,  relocated  to  Char- 
lotte, N.C.  from  Connecticut  in  July. 
Pamela  is  assistant  general  counsel  with 
Wachovia  Bank,  handling  bankruptcy 
matters  and  renegotiating  loans  that  are 
delinquent  or  in  default.  She’d  love  to 
hear  from  any  other  Barnard  grads  in  the 
Charlotte  area.  Pamela  notes  that  Eliza- 
beth Sabatier  Phillips  is  living  in 
Austin,  Texas  and  has  twins,  Baylee  and 
Rogan.  Pamela  also  hears  that  Yolanda 
Chavez  is  doing  well,  and  will  soon  cele- 
brate her  second  wedding  anniversary. 

Ellen  Levitt  gave  birth  to  Michelle 
on  December  31,  2002  at  6:15  p.m.,  just 
in  time,  as  Ellen  points  out,  to  catch  the 
sports  report  on  the  nightly  news!  At  mid- 
night, they  watched  the  New'  Year’s  fire- 
works display  over  the  East  Rh'er  from 
the  comfort  of  a hospital  bed.  Ellen  and 
her  husband,  Howard  Dankowitz, 
Michelle,  and  her  big  sister,  Jessica,  live  in 
Brooklyn.  Ellen  is  treasurer  in  the  Flat- 
bush  Women’s  Davening  Group,  an  all- 
female Jewish  congregation. 

Allison  Stewart 
171  Mount  Airy  Road  West 
Croton-on-Hudson,  NY  10520 
allison.stewart@jpmorgan.com 


Debbie  and  I are  very  excited  to  be  the 
new  class  correspondents.  I’d  also  like  to 
personall)’  apologize  for  the  lack  of  new's 
in  the  Fall  issue  of  the  magazine!  I actual- 
ly snatched  that  issue  away  from  my  hus- 
band, Joel,  growling  that  I wanted  to  read 
Class  Notes.  Imagine  my  mortification 
when  I saw  a blank  column  with  my  name 
at  the  top.  One  of  those  funny,  horrible 
moments  ...  Won’t  happen  again! 

Cecilia  Cutler  received  her  Ph.D.  in 
linguistics  from  New  York  University  in 
September  and  is  an  adjunct  professor  at 
Long  Island  University  and  lives  in 
Brooklyn.  She’d  like  to  get  in  touch  with 
her  college  roommate,  Jane  Hartwell.  If 
anyone  has  Jane’s  contact  information, 
please  let  us  know! 

I recently  spoke  w'ith  my  roommate 


Mary  Sutter,  w'ho  is  happily  settling  into 
her  new  condo  in  Miami,  w'here  she 
works  as  a freelance  journalist.  Mary  told 
me  that  Victoria  Pesce  Elliott,  a felknv 
Miami  resident,  recently  welcomed  her 
second  daughter,  Rosa,  who  joins  her  sis- 
ter Sophia,  2.  Most  recently,  Victoria  w'as 
named  as  a panelist  for  the  James  Beard 
Awards  in  New  York.  Her  career  as  a food 
writer  is  featured  in  this  issue  (see  “Food 
for  Thought,’’  page  31).  Restaurant 
owner  Jennifer  Sher  Marshall  is  also 
featured  in  the  same  article. 

Debbie  Lynn  Davis 
1 1 1 River  St. 
Hoboken  NJ  07030 
ddavis@wiley.com 

Signe  Taylor 
9 Florence  St.,  Apt.  3 
Cambridge,  MA  02139 
signe@airs.com 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Although  Iris  Hellner  has  never  left  the 
West  Side,  she  has  been  quite  busy  over 
the  past  15  years.  Eleven  years  ago,  she 
married  Richard  and  now  has  two  kids — 
Dylan,  4,  and  Shanna,  5 months.  Iris 
recently  earned  her  Ph.D.  in  clinical  psy- 
chology, which  she  admitted  took  her  10 
years  to  complete  while  balancing  work 
and  parenthood.  She  now  works  in  private 
practice. 

Marisa  Tecson  Johnston  and  her 
husband,  Greg,  live  in  Los  Angeles,  where 
Lisa  is  the  supervising  producer  of 
“Landscapers’  Challenge”  for  HGTV.  It 
has  been  an  exciting  year  for  the  John- 
stons. Besides  welcoming  daughter,  Natal- 
ie, in  January  2002,  Greg  won  an  Emmy 
as  the  executive  producer  of  MT\'”s  “The 
Osbournes.” 

Robin  Graff-Goubault  still  li\'es  in 
Nantes,  France,  and  gave  birth  in  August 
to  her  third  child,  Pascal.  He  joins 
Jeremie,  8,  and  Elie,  3.  Robin  is  taking 
time  off  from  her  job  teaching  business 
English  to  stay  at  home  with  all  the  boys! 

liana  Aaronson  Meyers  has  been 
dedicating  time  in  the  past  few  months  to 
a foundation  she  and  husband,  Glenn 
(CC  ’85),  started  in  memor)'  of  their  son. 
Slater  Jett,  to  help  children  who  have  suf- 
fered birth  injuries,  and  the  families  of 
those  children.  Due  to  complications  dur- 
ing childbirth.  Slater  was  born  severel)' 
brain  damaged,  and  against  all  odds,  sur- 
vived and  thrived  for  eight  months.  liana 
writes,  “Slater  has  fore\’er  changed  all  of 


our  lives  for  the  better."  The  foundation 
will  seive  to  provide  direct  financitil  sup- 
port, donations  ol'  medical  ec|ui]5ment 
and  ad\ocacy  tind  guidance  to  help  fami- 
lies to  gel  their  children  home.  In  Sep- 
tember, the  Meyers  hosted  a golf  outing 
in  New'  City,  N.Y,  their  first  fundraising 
event  lor  the  foundation.  liana  is  also  the 
mother  of  10  month-old  Paxton  Isaak 
and  twins,  Mackenzie  and  Garrick,  6. 

liana  sent  good  new's  about  Lisa 
Kolker  Brocato  and  Rachelle 
Schwartz  Zucker.  Lisa  lives  in  London 
and  gave  birth  in  January  2002  to  son, 
Oliver  Patrick,  w'hile  Rachelle  w'elcomcd 
daughter,  Phoebe  Rose,  in  June. 

Elizabeth  Yeh  Singh  and  Nancy 
Yaffa  are  featured  in  an  article  on 
Barnard  alumnae  in  the  food  industry, 
page  31. 

Pamela  Groomes  Harris  is  fea- 
tured in  an  article  on  Barnard’s  dance 
department,  page  18. 

It  feels  like  just  yesterday  w'hen  my 
mother  was  shuffling  me  into  the  corner 
of  my  dorm  room  to  w'hisper  her  parting 
words  to  me  as  I timidly  began  my  life 
outside  of  the  Giordano  nest.  “Take  this,” 
she  murmured,  as  she  handed  me  a hat- 
pin. “Hide  it  inside  your  coat  lapel.”  I 
stared  blankly  at  this  strange  w'oman  in 
front  of  me  who  seemed  to  be  sw'eating 
with  fear.  “W’hat  exactly  was  I going  to  do 
with  a hat  pin?”  I wondered  to  myself 
“It’s  for  protection,”  she  said.  “Don’t  go 
anyw'here  without  it.  You’re  in  the  city 
now.  You  have  to  be  prepared.”  I took  the 
hatpin  and  smiled  at  my  mother  to  reas- 
sure her  that  I would  be  fine.  Here  I am, 
almost  15  years  later,  glad  that  I never 
once  had  to  w'ield  my  lethal  hatpin  during 
my  time  at  Barnard.  Fifteen  years,  class- 
mates— it’s  coming!  Reunion  is  just 
around  the  corner! 

For  information  about  Reunion  acthi- 
ties,  go  to  vAvw.barnard.edu/alum/ 
reunion/rcunion2003.html.  If  you’d  like 
to  subscribe  to  the  class  listserx’,  and 
Barnard  does  not  already  have  your  e-mail 
address,  send  an  e-mail  to  majordomo 
@barnard.edu.  Lea\-e  the  subject  line 
blank  and  t)pe  “subscribe  bc88”  as  the 
text  of  the  message. 

Francesca  Giordano  Ferrara 
315  Birch  Parkway 
Wyckoff,  NJ  07481-2830 
201-560-1174 
francescaferrara@msn.com 


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Ann  Lee  is  a doctor  specializing  in  pul- 
monary and  critical  care  medicine.  She 
moved  to  Tacoma,  Wash.,  to  join  a pri- 
\ ate  practice,  ha\'ing  finished  a four-year 
research  felknvship  at  Johns  Hopkins  in 
Baltimore. 

Ann  also  reports  that  Carol  North 
Arpaci  receh'ed  her  doctorate.  She  lives 
in  San  Francisco,  and  her  husband, 
Muhittin,  has  a successful  restaurant  in 
Alameda,  Calif. 

Kathy  Ebel’s  son,  Clyde  Prins 
Crooks,  was  born  in  February  2002. 
Kathy  and  her  husband  John  Crooks,  a 
musician,  moved  to  Los  Angeles,  from 
Brooklyn  two  years  ago  so  she  could  pur- 
sue the  screenwriting  part  of  her  “some- 
what far-flung  writing  career.”  She  is  now 
writing  a feature  film  for  Paramount  Pic- 
tures. Last  season,  she  was  a writer  on  two 
episodes  of  “Law  & Order:  S\T.l”  In 
between  assignments,  she  freelances  as  a 
copywriter.  “We  miss  New  York  City 
enormously,”  says  Kathy,  “but  are  enjoy- 
ing our  funky  corner  of  the  Echo  Park 
neighborhood — about  as  dose  to  Brook- 
lyn as  you  can  get  out  here!” 

Robyn  Gratt  Sealander  reports  on 
an  informal  architecture  majors’  reunion, 
held  last  May  at  Cafe  Pertutti  near  cam- 
pus. “We  relh'ed  the  glory  days  of  Junior 
Studio:  all-nighters,  X-Acto  knife  acci- 
dents, post-project  bowling  parties,”  she 
writes.  The  gathering  was  attended  by 
Ann  Goldhirsch,  Robyn  Gratt 
Sealander,  Amy  Routman,  Namita 
Modi-Patel,  Christine  Wang  and 
Lynn  Hamell,  from  our  class;  Elizabeth 
(Tina)  Hatchl  Greco  ’88  and  Yee  Ming 
Yip  ’88. 

“On  a personal  note,”  adds  Robyn, 
“in  the  spring  of  2001,  my  husband, 
Mike,  and  I decided  we’d  had  enough  of 
city  life,  packed  up  our  two  daughters  and 
left  San  Francisco  for  Brooklin,  a town  of 
800  residents  on  the  coast  of  Maine. 
Maya,  4,  and  Ava,  2,  love  it  here,  and  the 
whole  family  has  adjusted  to  the  cold  win- 
ter weather.  East  year,  we  started  an  archi- 
tecture and  clesign/build  firm,  Sealander 
Studio.  One  of  our  first  projects  was  the 
renovation  of  our  home,  a 1860s  farm 
house.  I work  only  a few  hours  per  month, 
as  Em  a full-time  mom  to  my  girls.  Once 
they’re  in  school.  I'll  resume  practicing 
architecture.” 


Jennifer  Horowitz 
225  W.  106th  St.,  Apt.  6M 
New  York,  NY  10025-3631 
drjah68@aol.com 


Elicia  Brown  Pomeroy  and  her  hus- 
band, Jeremy,  have  their  first  child,  Talia 
Mita,  who  was  born  in  March.  Talia 
enjoys  the  company  of  her  friend,  ,Amalya 
Nurit  Tolchin,  the  second  daughter  of 
Marna  Berkman  Tolchin  and  her  hus- 
band, Bob.  Antalya,  who  was  born  in  Jan- 
uary 2002,  joins  sister,  Morielle  Eimor,  3. 

Hanna  Song  is  excited  to  announce 
the  release  of  her  self-titled  debut  CD,  a 
collection  of  solo  piano  favorites  by 
Mozart,  Beethoven,  Chopin,  Debussy  and 
others.  This  CD  is  now  available  in  stores 
and  at  Amazon.com.  Nicole  Ellison 
started  this  fall  as  an  assistant  professor  in 
the  communications  department  at  Cali- 
fornia State  University;  Stanislaus,  focusing 
on  new  information  and  communication 
technologies.  .After  receding  her  Ph.D.  in 
communication  theory  from  USC  in  1999, 
she  worked  in  the  Bay'  .Area  as  a consultant 
for  Sapient,  a business  and  technology  con- 
sulting firm,  and  also  at  a start-up  compa- 
ny. Her  daughter,  Katerina  Grace,  was 
born  in  January  2002.  Nicole  was  she  was 
laid  off  a few'  months  later  and  had  the 
opportunity  to  spend  the  next  year  with 
Katerina.  Her  husband,  Shaw'n,  is  an  assis- 
tant professor  and  director  of  forensics  at 
the  Unh'ersity'  of  the  Pacific.  They  recent- 
ly moved  from  the  Bay  .Area  to  Ripon,  a 
small  town  in  central  California  about  an 
hour  and  a half  east  of  San  Francisco. 

Brooke  Gurland  is  a surgeon  special- 
izing in  laparoscopic  colorectal  surgery^  and 
treatment  of  peKic  floor  dysfunction.  She 
joined  the  division  of  minimally  invashe 
surgery'  at  Maimonides  Medical  Center  in 
Brooklyn.  Brooke  came  to  Maimonides 
after  completing  a clinical  fellow  in  col- 
orectal surgery  at  the  Cle\'eland  Clinic 
Florida.  Prior  to  that,  Brooke  spent  six 
years  at  Mount  Sinai  School  of  Medicine, 
where  she  performed  her  surgical  residen- 
cy, serv'ed  on  the  resident  council  and  spent 
one  year  as  chief  resident.  After  graduating 
from  Barnard,  she  earned  her  M.D.  from 
the  Hahnemann  University  School  of 
Medicine  in  Philadelphia. 

I also  received  an  encouraging  update 
from  Uzma  Sarfraz,  whose  letter  in  the 
Fall  2000  column  reported  the  murder  of 
her  husband,  Fazal  Khan,  who  died  when 
trying  to  protect  a 15-year-olcl  girl  from 
an  honor  killing  in  Islamabad,  Pakistan. 
Both  Fazaland  and  the  young  woman 
died  in  the  attack.  Uzma  writes:  “I  haven’t 
been  in  touch  for  almost  two  years.  I just 
wanted  to  touch  base  and  let  ynu  know 
that  I now  work  in  Afghanistan  with  the 


United  Nations,  and  that  the  ‘Oprah 
Winfrey  Show'’  found  me  there.  They 
asked  me  to  do  a documentary'  for  them 
on  honor  killings  in  Pakistan.  I’m  in 
Chicago  right  now  for  some  taping  and 
editing,  and  the  show'  aired  in  October.  I 
am  able  to  do  this  today  because  of  all  the 
support  I got  from  those  w'ho  read  the 
article  y'ou  printed  in  Barnard  magazine.  I 
was  unable  to  respond  to  every  single  one 
of  the  people  w-ho  reached  out  to  me 
because  it  was  so  painful  to  talk  about  it. 
Today  I’m  able  to  talk  to  other  women 
w'hose  situations  are  much  worse.  Wish 
me  luck  and  thank  you  to  everyone  who 
shared  their  stories  w-ith  me  and  gave  me 
strength.” 

Christine  Deussen  and  Melissa 
Clark  are  featured  in  an  article  about 
Barnard  alumnae  in  the  food  industry; 
page  31.  An  article  on  singer-songwriter 
Michelle  Lewis  can  be  found  in  “Books, 
etc.,”  on  page  15. 

Amy  Correia 
87  2nd  Place,  Apt.  4-R 
Brooklyn,  NY  11231 
amycorreia@yahoo.co 


I hope  everyone  is  well,  productive,  happy 
and  peaceful!  Sarah  Kruchko  w'orks 
full-time  as  a W’eb  producer  in  New  York. 
She  is  considering  going  to  graduate 
school  for  social  work,  and,  in  the  mean- 
time, is  taking  a couple  classes  as  a non- 
matriculating student  to  test  the  waters. 
Her  former  roommate,  Susan  Shea 
May,  lives  in  Indianapolis  with  her  hus- 
band, Doug.  Susan  got  a master’s  degree 
in  information  science  from  Indiana  Uni- 
versity and  works  as  a W’eb  site  content 
manager  at  InformIT.com,  a dixision  of 
Pearson  Education. 

Kruchko  also  sent  word  about  Jen- 
nifer (Ara)  Lee,  who  is  a resident  in  the 
combined  internal  medicine/pediatrics 
department  at  Mount  Sinai  in  New  York. 
Michelle  Jung-McCullough  and  her 
husband,  Johnny;  welcomed  son,  Lukas, 
to  the  w'orld  a few  months  ago.  Michelle 
w'orks  as  a lawyer  for  the  Waterfront 
Commission  in  New  York. 

Vivian  Adkins  sent  news  about  the 
birth  of  her  son,  Oliver,  in  January  2002. 
The  family;  which  includes  Caroline,  3, 
moved  to  Potomac,  Md.,  last  summer  and 
Vh'ian  is  for  now'  a stay'-at-home  mother, 
looking  to  return  to  the  legal  profession. 

Rona  Wilk  is  still  working  at  the  Met- 
ropolitan Opera  and  completing  her  dis- 
sertation. Kristin  Kelly  is  a television 


60  Barnard  Winter  2003 


reporter  on  New  England  Cable  News. 

Suki  Kim  writes  that  her  novel,  The 
Interpreter,  was  published  this  year  by  Far- 
rar, Strauss  & Giroux  (see  “Books,  etc.,” 
page  15).  Abigail  Carroll  is  profiled 
below. 

Sara  Ivry 
86  Sterling  Place,  Apt.  3 
Brooklyn,  NY  11217 
718-398-2550 
saraivry@hotmail.com 


After  graduation,  Gabrielle  Mayers 
went  to  .Albert  Einstein  College  of  Medi- 
cine. She  did  her  pediatric  residency  at 
Mount  Sinai  Hospital  and  married  Bruce 
Medjuck  in  August  200 1 . She  and  Bruce 
just  had  their  first  baby,  Sydney  Emma,  in 
September.  Gabrielle  went  back  to  work 
in  December  as  a pediatrician  in  an  aca- 
demic setting  in  Brookl)Ti,  where  she  and 
her  family  now  reside. 

Sharmila  Shetty  returned  from 
Uganda  from  a Doctor’s  Without  Borders 


mission  and  since  July  has  been  working  at 
the  EIS  Fellowship  at  the  CDC  in  Atlanta. 

Margot  Kong  lives  in  San  Francisco 
and  enjoys  sen'ing  on  the  boards  of  the 
Barnard  and  Columbia  .Alumnae/.Alumni 
Clubs  of  Northern  California.  .After  tra\’el- 
ing  to  South  .Africa,  Ne^v  York  (for 
Reunion!)  and  China  last  year,  she  began 
working  for  Imperial  Tours,  marketing  lux- 
ury tours  to  China  and  Tibet. 

Rana  Dogar  Foroohar  lives  in  Lon- 
don, where  she  gave  bhth  to  her  daugh- 
ter, Dareya,  in  September.  Linda  Chang 
Reals  and  her  husband,  Jeff,  had  a 
daughter,  Zoe,  in  June.  Linda  is  the  head 
of  unh'ersity  relations  at  Time,  Inc. 
Tain-Huei  Hsia  Schneider  and  her 
husband,  Lee,  also  had  a daughter,  Chloe, 
in  June,  who  joined  older  sibling  Gillian. 
Tain-Huei  works  at  the  Federal  Reserve 
Bank  and  lives  in  Scarsdale. 

Deborah  Podell  Fishkind  moved 
and  built  a house  in  Wesley  Hill,  N.Y., 
after  completing  her  anesthesiolog)'  resi- 
dency at  Mount  Sinai  Hospital.  She  and 


her  husband,  .\ri,  ha\'c  two  sons:  .\aron, 
4,  and  .Marc,  8 months  old. 

We  ha\’e  a correction  from  the  Fall 
issue.  Lori  Schlussel  Snerson  graduat- 
ed from  Fbrdham  Law  School,  not  Car- 
dozo  Law  School.  .Apologies  for  any  con- 
fusion. We  hope  you  will  send  us  lots  of 
new  and  exciting  news  in  the  new  year! 

Ellen  Senker  Muss 
12  Stanton  Circle 
New  Rochelle,  NY  10804 
914-636-6492 
musspark@aol.com 

Nazneen  Rahman 
30  W.  87th  St.,  Apt.  3-B 
New  York,  NY  10024 
nazrahman@alum.barnard.edu 
Class  Web  site:  www.tigerminx.com/bc92/ 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Mark  the  dates!  Our  10th  Reunion  is  May 
29  through  June  1 , 2003.  I hope  to  see  you 
there! 


ALUMNAE  PROFILE 

Abigail  Carroll  ’91 


Abigail  Carroll  ’91  calls  France 
home  these  days,  but  in  October 
2001  she  returned  to  America  in 
search  of  the  meaning  of  patriotism. 
Armed  with  her  camera,  she  set  out 
in  a rented  PT  Cruiser  on  a solo, 
month-long  journey  that  began  in 
San  Francisco  and  ended  in  Maine. 

“Being  an  ex-pat  makes  you  -won- 
der about  your  relationship  to  your 
country,”  she  says. 

And  while  this  entrepreneur — 
who  is  launching  a clothing  line — 
hadn’t  done  any  documentary  work 
before,  she  was  at  ease  approaching 
and  interviewing  people.  Her  experi- 
ences at  Barnard  gave  her  a sense  of 
independence  that  allowed  her  to  get 
in  a car  and  see  w'hat  happens.  “I  saw 
it  as  an  adventure,”  she  says. 

Most  people  were  eager  to  speak 
on  camera.  “They  needed  to  get  it 


out.  They  needed  someone  to  give 
them  the  time  to  say  what  they  felt.” 

Among  the  individuals  she 
encountered  was  a biker  in  Little 
Rock,  Ark.,  who  covered  his  Harley 
Davidson  motorcycle  with  American 
w^ar  scenes  and  named  it  “The  Price 
of  Freedom.” 

She  also  met  a Zuni  Indian  in 
Albuquerque,  N.M.,  who,  when 
asked  to  name  a great  American 
patriot,  replied,  “Sitting  Bull.”  Sitting 
Bull,  considered  the  last  Sioux  to  sur- 
render to  the  U.S.  government  in 
1881,  “spent  his  life  fighting  the 
notion  of  America  as  w'e  know  it. 
There  are  so  many  layers  to  that 
response — it’s  filled  with  irony  and 
history,”  she  says. 

In  her  research,  Carroll  found  that 
many  Americans  often  said  what  drey 
love  about  their  country  is  freedom 


and  oppor- 
t u n i t y — 
sentiments 
that  mirror 
the  obser- 
ve a t i o n s 
Alexis  de 
Tocqueville 
made  of  Americans  in  his  1 9th-centu- 
ry  w'ork,  Deinocrcuy  in  Ammca.  AN’hen 
she  posed  her  questions  about  patriot- 
ism to  the  French,  how'ever,  they  spoke 
of  communal  things  such  as  wane,  art 
and  a sense  of  history. 

Carroll’s  project,  which  she  hopes 
to  publish  as  a book,  can  be  viewed 
online  at  www.portraitsofpatriotism. 
com. 

Be  prepared  for  self-examination. 
“You  define  patriotism,”  she  says. 
“You  tell  me  w'hat  it  means.” 

— Ronnie  Koenig  '96 


^VI^■■^ER  2003  Barnard  61 


Hilary  Reiter  mo\cd  lo  Park  Caty, 
Ulah,  a \'eai'  ago  lo  work  in  tlic  press 
ciejjartnicnt  ol'  the  20(J2  Sundance  Film 
Festival.  She  remained  there  during  the 
Winter  for  the  OKmjrics  and  "tons  of' 
powder  skiing."  Hilary  is  now  an  assistant 
editor  at  a luxury  magazine  company  in 
Park  Ciity. 

I also  heard  from  Jennifer  Salzman 
Weiss.  Jen  and  I lived  on  the  same  floor 
our  first  year  in  Clentennial  Hall,  now 
known  as  Sulzberger  Hall.  Jen  is  a stay-at- 
home  mom  in  New  \brk  Ciity  with  her  hu.s- 
band,  Mitch,  and  their  two  children,  Orli 
and  Benjamin.  ,\lter  college,  Jen  attended 
law  school  and  worked  for  the  Clook  Cioun- 
t\'  State  .Attorney's  office  in  Chicago. 

Nechama  Janet)  Cohen  Cox  and 
her  husband  reside  in  London  with  their 
four  children.  Nechama  received  her  Ph.D. 
in  historv  from  Kings  College,  injul)’  2001. 
She  wrote  her  thesis  on  economic  warfare 
in  World  AVar  II.  She  currenth'  manages  an 
electric  motor  project  for  a compan)-  called 
Chorus  Motors  and  would  love  to  hear 
from  alums  v’isiting  England. 

I heard  from  Jennifer  Bullock,  who 
also  IK'ecl  on  the  seventh  floor  of  Centen- 
nial Hall  with  me.  After  graduating  from 
Barnard,  Jen  worked  in  France  for  tw'o 
years  and  earned  a master's  degree  in 
French  cultural  studies  at  Columbia  L’ni- 
v’ersity’s  Paris  Program.  She  then  joined 
the  Foreign  Sen  ice  and  went  to  her  first 
tour  in  Athens  for  two  years.  Jen  did  her 
second  post  in  Montreal,  and  is  now  at  her 
third  post  in  Maputo,  Mozambiejue.  Jen 
lo\es  her  work  in  Mozambique,  as  it 
invoh'es  a lot  of  cultural  programming.  Jen 
would  love  to  reconnect  with  Sabera 
Choudhury. 

Ha\’e  you  heard  from  the  following 
cla.ssmates?  If  you  have  contact  informa- 
tion for  the  following  cla.ssmates,  please  e- 
mail  alumrecords@barnard.eclu:  Edyta 
Bojanowska,  Courtney  Cahill,  Jen- 
nifer Callahan,  Debbie  Cha,  Maria 
Chee,  Soyeun  Chu,  Yun  Chung,  Jen- 
nifer Coronacion,  Veronica  Craig, 
Nancy  Delmotte-Bowles.  Simone 
Eastman.  Miriam  Karmel  Emery, 
Kimberly  Gallagher,  Cheryl  Gaskin, 
Emily  Granville,  Bebe  (Heather) 
Gribble  Finkenstaedt,  Shruti  Gupta. 
Amanda  Hamilton.  Ushani  Hansraj, 
Renee  Harrison.  Carleen  (Andrea) 
Hawn,  Susanna  (Rachel)  Henke,  Par- 
gol  Javaheri-Saatchi,  Simone  Kass. 
Christina  Kelly,  Jenny  Kempenich, 
Allison  Kendrick.  So  Yung  Kim, 
Maria  Kotlyar,  Rebecca  Layton,  My 


Phuong  Tran  Lecoeq.  Christina  Lee, 
Elizabeth  Luboja,  Erin  McConaha, 
Anita  Mehra,  Laura  Perez  Noueihed, 
Emily  Ranahan,  Luz  Rivera,  Jeannie 
Russell,  Silvia  Russo.  Sharmila 
Shamdasani.  Susanne  Stephan-Kro- 
nzucker.  Danielle  Warren,  Emmily 
Washington-Booker,  Brooke 

Wirtschafter. 

Madhuri  Pavamani  Blaylock 

writes  that  her  teen  novel.  Coco  Biitta  Kids: 
Cw.ssin’  Paths,  was  published  last  year  and  is 
available  through  wvwv.cocobuttakids.com 
(see  “Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

For  information  about  Reunion  acth'i- 
ties,  go  to  www.barnard.edu/alum/ 
reunion/ reunion2003.html.  If  you'd  like  to 
subscribe  to  the  class  listserv,  and  Barnard 
does  not  already  have  your  e-mail  address, 
send  an  e-mail  to  majordomo 
@barnard.edu.  Leave  the  subject  line 
blank  and  tvpe  “subscribe  bc93”  as  the  te.xt 
of  the  message. 

Michele  McCarthy 
1421  2nd  Avenue  North.,  Apt.  4 
Seattle,  WA  98109 
mccarthymichele@hotmail.com 


Elizabeth  Singleton  lives  in  Texas, 
where  she  is  on  maternity  lea\'e  from  prac- 
ticing environmental  law.  Elizabeth  and 
her  husband.  Mark  Coady  (CC  '94),  wel- 
comed daughter,  Elizabeth  Singleton 
Coady,  to  the  world  in  October.  Mom  says 
Lizjr.  “is  so  great!” 

April  Lamm  was  featured  in  The 
Georgetown  Times  in  Georgetown,  S.C.,  for 
her  participation  in  an  on-going  art  series 
at  Coastal  Carolina  L'nic'ersity.  She  spoke 
to  the  school  about  career  opportunities  for 
art  and  English  majors.  April  is  curator  of 
conceptual  art  for  the  2002  New'  York 
Arntory  Art  Fair  and  a consultant  at  Art 
Forum  Berlin. 

Andrea  Stolowitz’s  play,  “Knowing 
Cairo,”  will  be  opening  in  April  at  the  Old 
Globe  Theater  in  San  Diego,  Calif,  (see 
“Books,  etc.,”  page  15). 

Jennifer  Zahn  Spieler 
5125  De  Marie  Court  SE 
Olympia,  WA  98501 
jenzie23@hotmail.com 


Elham  Cohanim-Potter  gave  birth  to 
her  second  son,  Gabriel  Hillel  David,  born 
in  January  2002.  Prior  to  Gabriel's  birth, 
Elham  was  w'orking  on  Betsy  Gotbaum’s 
'6 1 successful  bid  for  New  York  City'  pub- 
lic adc’oeate.  She  writes,  “It  was  a wonder- 


ful experience,  as  Betsy  is  a tremendous 
role  model  for  women  ec'erywhere.”  On 
the  campaign  trail,  Elham  ran  into  Claire 
Brinberg,  who  is  currently  the  senior 
producer  for  politics  at  the  cable  news  net- 
work, NA’l  News,  in  New'  York  City. 

Laura  Rosenthal  Feinblum  mar- 
ried her  husband,  Brian,  last  August.  She 
works  part-time  at  Cornell  University 
Cooperative  Extension’s  New  York  City' 
programs.  Laura  is  concurrently  attending 
New  York  Unh'ersity  full-time  for  her  mas- 
ter’s degree  in  nutrition. 

Tziporah  Waltuch  and  her  husband, 
Joshua,  had  their  second  daughter,  Tamar 
Elishec'a,  last  September. 

Binta  Brown 
400  E.  54th  St.,  Apt  21-D, 
New  York,  NY  10022 
212-951-4503 
batnib@mail.com 


‘All  is  going  well!”  w'rites  Edith  Carey, 
w'ho  came  back  from  the  United  King- 
dom, and  is  preparing  to  release  her  fourth 
CD  in  the  spring.  Edith  still  enjoys  playing 
at  the  Postcrypt  Coffeehouse  “every  so 
often,”  in  the  basement  of  St.  Paul’s 
Chapel,  at  Columbia. 

Samantha  Nicosia  Rowan 
310  E.  23rd  St.,  Apt.  5-H 
New  York,  NY  10010 


646-602-1727 


sam_nicosia@hotmail.com 


Melissa  Edmands  worked  at  a smaU 
architecture  firm  in  Santa  Fe,  N.M.,  last 
summer,  and  is  back  at  MIT  to  finish  a 
master’s  degree  in  architecture.  Kathryn 
Kees  is  a buyer  at  Memorial  Sloan  Ket- 
tering and  also  attends  graduate  school  at 
Baruch  College.  Lani  Rubinstein  is  a 
computer  programmer  at  the  company 
she’s  worked  for  since  college,  designing 
sofivv'are  for  hospitals. 

Giliane  Cherubin  is  a third-y'ear  stu- 
dent at  Columbia  Law  School.  Jacque- 
line Noparstak  appeared  in  “Marriage 
of  Figaro”  vrith  the  Bronx  Opera  Compa- 
ny and  runs  a tutoring  business  for  piano 
and  math.  Sumathi  Reddy  mov  ed  back 
to  New  York  last  June.  She  now  lives  in 
Qtieens  and  covers  local  news  for  Newsday. 
Rena  Price  and  her  husband,  Rich,  had 
their  second  chUd  last  spring.  Amanda 
Buntzman  finished  dentistry  school  last 
year  and  began  a residency  in  pediatric 
dentistry.  Susan  Ciatto  is  a computation- 
al linguist  w'orking  on  translation  software 


62  Barnard  WiNi  t.R  2003 


at  SDL  International. 

Gabrielle  Polt  works  at  Scholastic 
Publishing  in  children’s  books,  joining 
Drew  Sieplinga  ’00  and  Catherine  Ferrara 
’94.  Robyn  Puro  is  working  on  her  Ph.D. 
in  microbiology  at  New  York  University 
Medical  School.  She  expects  to  graduate 
in  2005.  Alexis  Abrams  is  in  a two-year 
photojournalism  program  at  Unk’ersity  of 
Missouri  at  Columbia. 

Risa  Chopp  Butbul  married  Yair 
Butbul  in  March  200 1 and  lives  in  Flori- 
da, working  at  Floiida  International  Magazine 
as  a promotions  manager.  Elena  Chan  is 
a law  student  at  American  University. 
Dorit  Rabbani  married  Jason  Shames 
(CC  ‘96)  last  February.  Debra  Kaplan 
lives  in  New  York  City,  and  is  working  on 
her  Ph.D.  in  history  at  the  University  of 
Pennsylvania. 

Both  Galit  Kahn  and  Daniele 
Bonafiglia  got  married  last  spring. 
Alexandra  Agus  Fox  is  a doctoral  stu- 
dent and  has  2-year-old  twins.  Melissa 
Hart  has  been  a project  manager  for  a 
competitive  research  intelligence  firm 
since  1998.  She  married  her  husband,  Jefij 
last  May  and  they  live  outside  of  Boston. 
Rachelhope  Sinnreich  married  her 
husband.Timothy,  in  August  2000.  They 
had  their  first  son,  Elias,  in  July  2001. 
Rachelhope  is  halfway  through  a Ph.D.  in 
■Anerican  histoiy  at  University  of  Califor- 
nia, Berkeley.  Lauren  Lombardo  is 
working  toward  her  master’s  degree  in  art 
education  from  Teachers  College  and  also 
works  as  a real  estate  broker.  In  addition, 
Lauren  has  been  showcased  in  art  shows  in 
New  York.  Anna  Stein  receu'ed  her  mas- 
ter’s in  international  relations  last  spring 
from  Johns  Hopkins  University. 

Annika  Dronge  is  in  her  second  year 
of  medical  school  at  Yale  and  is  very- 
happy^!  Amanda  Friedman  is  attending 
graduate  school  in  London  for  architec- 
ture. I’m  still  plugg-ing  away  at  my  disserta- 
tion prospectus  in  English  Renaissance  lit- 
erature and  looking  forward  to  hearing 
more  news  from  y’all! 

Ronit  Siegel  Berger 
551 1 Ettrick  Drive 
Houston,  TX  77035-4341 
713-283-5321 
rberger@rice.edu 

NEXT  REUNION:  MAY  29-JUNE  1,  2003 

Kameron  Lewis  works  at  the  Satellite 
Academy  High  School,  a public  school  in 
New  York  City  that  helps  service  at-risk 
teenagers  by  offering  them  an  alternative 


BARNARD  COLLEGE 


SUMMER  in  NEW  YORK  CITY 


Barnard  Summer  in  New  York  City 
A Pre-College  Program 
Five  Week  Program;  June  22- July  26 
One  Week  Mini-Course:  June  22-29 

Experience  the  summer  discovering  the  challenges  of 
college  life  and  the  excitement  of  New  York  City. 

Barnard's  Summer  in  New  York  City  offers  co-ed 
programs  for  students  who  will  have  completed  the 
10th  or  11th  grade  by  June  2003. 

For  more  information  or  to  request  a brochure  or 
application,  visit  us  at  www.barnard.edu/pcp  or  call 
212-854-8866. 


to  the  city’s  large  high  schools.  Her  stu- 
dents come  to  the  school  with  many  issues, 
ranging  from  learning  disabilities  and 
behatdoral  problems  to  anger  issues  and 
homelessness.  Kameron  would  be  happy 
to  speak  tvith  any  current  Barnard  stu- 
dents interested  in  similar  teaching 
endeavors. 

Lori  Segal 
Barnard  magazine 
Barnard  College 
3009  Broadway 
New  York,  NY  10027 
classnotes@barnard.edu 


Olivia  Kraus  began  at  Cardozo  Law 
School  last  August.  She  reports  that  the 
dean’s  office  and  registrar  at  Barnard 
helped  her  get  her  full  application  into 
Cardozo  in  less  than  one  week — including 
score  reports — when  she  decided  to  apply 
at  the  last  minute.  She  thanks  Barnard’s 
administrath'e  staff  for  their  efficiency, 
helpfulness  and  kindness. 


Mousumi  Bhakta 
235  W.  48th  St.,  Apt.  1 1 M 
New  York,  NY  10036 
212-270-3428 
mousumi_bhakta@hotmail.com 

Nina  Travinsky 
1222  12th  Ave. 
San  Francisco,  CA  94122 
ntravinsky@yahoo.com 

barnardclass99@yahoo.com 


Allison  Herman  is  in  her  last  semester 
at  Princeton  Theolog-ical  Seminaiy  and 
will  receh'e  Iter  master’s  degree  in  dh  inity 
in  May.  .She  hopes  to  be  ordained  as  a 
Minister  of  the  Word  and  Sacrament  in 
the  Presbyterian  Church  in  the  fall,  and 
then  find  an  associate  pastor  position. 

Amanda  Marshall  is  a senior 
researcher  for  “Today”  on  NBC,  wliere 
she  tra\-els  around  the  country  booking 
guests  on  breaking  netvs  stories.  Though 


Wi.x'tER  2003  Barnard  63 


IN  M E M 0 R I A M 


Julius  Held 

The  Barnard  community  mourns  the 
loss  of  Julius  Held,  longtime  professor  and 
art  historian,  who  passed  away  on  Decem- 
ber 22,  at  97. 

Held  left  an  indelible  mark  on  the  Col- 
lege, where  he  taught  art  history  for  34 
years,  until  his  retirement  in  1971.  Most 
noted  for  his  studies  in  16th  and  17th  cen- 
tury Dutch  and  Flemish  art,  Held  was  one 
of  the  most  renowned  art  historians  of  the 
20th  century.  A prolific  writer,  Held  was  an 
author,  editor  and  contributor  to  more  than 
1 8 published  works.  Beloved  by  his  students 
throughout  the  years,  he  inspired  in  them  a 
lifelong  appreciation  of  art,  and  guided 
man)'  to  careers  as  curators,  teachers  and 
art  historians.  Held  was  awarded  the  Medal 
of  Distinction  from  Barnard  in  1980. 

His  dedication  to  Barnard  and  his  stu- 
dents was  further  recognized  in  1997  when 
the  College  dedicated  the  Julius  S.  Held 
Lecture  Hall,  in  Barnard  Hall,  funded  with 
a major  gift  from  trustee  Virginia  Bloedel 
WVight  ’51  and  contributions  from  other 
former  students.  The  Julius  Held  Fund  was 
established  in  1970  to  provide  scholarships 
for  students  majoring  in  art  history’. 

Held  is  sun'h'ed  by  his  daughter,  a son 
and  two  granddaughters. 


Melanie  Woodbury  '96 

Melanie  iVoodbury'  died  in  a weather- 
related  car  accident  whOe  drhing  from  her 
parents’  home  in  Idaho  to  her  own  home  in 
Seatde.  At  the  time  of  the  accident,  Melanie 
knew  that  she  \^'as  four  months  pregnant 
with  a second  son. 

At  Barnard,  Melanie  majored  in  history. 
She  rowed  for  Columbia  Crew  for  four 
years.  In  1996,  she  won  the  Ed  Hetvitt 
award  for  spirit  and  inspiration.  Additional- 
ly, she  was  elected  co-captain  of  the 
women’s  team. 

Melanie  was  a true  athlete  in  body  and 
mind.  She  always  pushed  herself  bey^ond 
her  limits,  constantly  excelling  and  leading 
the  team  with  top  scores.  She  was  widely 
known  as  a spirited,  vibrant  and  humorous 
person.  After  graduation,  Mel  worked  for 
Trident  Sea  Foods  in  Sand  Point,  Ala., 
where  she  held  an  administrath'e  position. 
She  and  her  dog,  Anita  (an  English  Pointer), 
lov'ed  the  beautiful  Maskan  outdoors.  Two 


y'ears  ago,  she  was  promoted  to  support 
serv’ices  manager  and  transferred  to  Tri- 
dent’s main  office  in  Seattle. 

On  Not'ember  30,  200 1 , Mel  gave  birth 
to  Dac’id  Samuel  Bravo.  She  w'as  a loving, 
playful  and  extremely  attentive  mother.  She 
is  sunived  by  her  father,  stepmother,  moth- 
er, two  sisters,  brother,  son,  David  and 
Datid’s  father. 


In  Memoriam 

26  Anne  Millson,  November  1 2, 2002 

28  Clara  Baird  Sciple  Cooper, 

September  14, 2002 

29  Genevieve  Nelson  Hammond, 

November  10,  2002 

29  Lily  Eppstein  Morris,  August  1 , 2002 
31  Gertrude  Lerner  Plosky,  October  19, 2002 
31  Alma  Champlin  Smythe, 

November  23, 2002 
31  Margaret  Voorhis  Turner, 

September  26, 2002 

33  Doris  Hyman  Miller,  October  7, 2002 

33  Lillian  Bachmann  Osterhus, 

September  12, 2002 

34  Marion  Shapero  Jacobstein, 

December  23, 2000 

34  Dorothy  Glenz  Warms,  November  26, 2002 

35  Nanette  Kolbitz  Lavery,  November  20, 2002 

36  Katharine  Hand,  September  20, 2002 

37  Dorothea  Walker  Lunt,  November  1 8, 2002 
37  Nannie  Sandlin  Millaway, 

September  27, 2002 


37  Margaret  Becker  Smith,  November  9, 2002 
37  Cecilia  Bosen  Strauss,  September  1 9, 2002 

37  Helen  Levi  Travis,  November  1 4, 2002 

38  Harmona  Potter,  November  1 7, 2002 

40  Joan  Rich  Sylvester,  September  1 1 , 2002 
42  Grace  Huber  Koch,  November  1 6, 2002 

42  Margaret  Strauss  Newman, 

October  19, 2002 

43  Mary  Root  Saunders,  December  27, 2001 

44  Mary  Cayot  Mihatov,  October  1 3, 2002 

46  Edith  Ninomiya  Hopkins,  January  1 3, 1 996 

47  Ellen  Vogek  Rebenfeld,  October  1 4, 2002 

48  Jean  Mansfield  Carey,  December  2, 2002 

49  Jean  De  Santo  MacLaren, 

September  19, 2002 

49  Carol  Reynolds  Onderdonk, 

December  1 1, 2002 

50  Elizabeth  Edge  Conn,  December  1 2, 2002 

51  Margery  Knowles  Owen,  May  1 , 2002 

5 1 Mary  Colonna  Schmid,  November  1 9, 2002 

52  Joan  Winston  Siegemund,  June  1 9, 2002 

53  Marian  Wendes  Taylor,  July  1,2002 

59  Patricia  Smith  Feroni,  October  30, 2002 

60  Lucille  Pollack  Nieporent,  October  30, 2002 
64  Pamela  Ween  Brumberg, 

December  14, 2002 

67  Mary  Trueheart,  November  22, 2002 

73  Elizabeth  Moss,  October  25, 2002 

73  Jacqueline  Raven,  August  19, 2002 
77  Elizabeth  Schwartz,  November  1 0, 2002 
94  Jennifer  Levin  Kaplan,  December  1 7, 2002 
96  Melanie  Woodbury,  December  1 , 2002 


64  Barnard  W'i.nter  2003 


the  hours  are  crazy,  she  finds  the  job  both 
ftiii  and  exciting.  She  also  reports  that 
Katherine  McClurg  is  pursuing  a mas- 
ter’s degree  in  political  science  at  Duke 
University.  Nicole  Neustein  works  in  the 
research  department  of  The  Metropolitan 
Opera. 

Sally  Takada  recehed  her  master’s 
degree  in  cello  performance  from  the  New 
England  Conseivatoity  in  Boston  last  May. 
She  continues  to  live  in  Boston,  freelancing 
and  performing  with  se\'eral  Boston-area 
orchestras,  including  the  Boston  Philhar- 
monic and  the  Boston  Modern  Orchestra 
Project. 

Trina  Sears,  our  class  president,  also 
lives  in  Boston  and  has  been  getting 
im'oKed  in  the  Boston  Barnard  Club.  She 
is  in  her  last  year  of  law  school  at  North- 
eastern University  and  plans  to  move  back 
to  Alaska  next  year  to  begin  a judicial 
clerkship  with  the  Anchorage  Superior 
Court. 

Taren  Spearman  is  in  her  last  year  at 
Columbia  Law  School  and  interns  at  Sony 
Music,  .\fter  graduation,  Taren  will  be  an 
associate  with  Fulbright  & Jaw'orski  LLP  in 
the  corporate  law  department.  She  plans 
to  become  an  entertainment  lawyer. 

Allegra  Blackburn-Dwyer 
45-18  42nd  St.,  Apt.  2-A 
Long  Island  City,  NY  11104 
646-456-5387 
allegrabd@mindspring.com 


Congratulations  to  Kayla  Rosenberg, 
who  just  bought  an  apartment  in  Gramer- 
cy  Park!  Kayla  still  works  for  the  New'  York 
City  Department  of  Housing  Preservation 
and  Dev'elopment,  underwriting  loans  to 
rehabilitate  abandoned  buildings  and  cre- 
ate affordable  housing.  She  also  reports 
that  Jordanna  Coelho,  Chaitali  (Tali) 
Kapadia,  Milena  Perez  and  Maria 
Kassimatis  are  all  doing  well  for  them- 
selves. Jordanna  lives  in  Hell’s  Kitchen 
and  just  started  her  master’s  degree  at 
Sarah  Lawrence  in  genetic  counseling. 
Tali  lives  in  Washington  Heights  and 
w'orks  for  a nonprofit  organization  that 
specializes  in  treating  skin  disorders.  Mile- 
na works  for  Houghton  Mifflin  in  their  PR 
department  and  lives  in  Queens.  Maria  is 
teaching  Italian  in  Long  Island  and  w'ork- 
ing  on  her  masters  in  English  as  a Second 
Language. 

Heather  White  performed  in  a Christ- 
mas show  o\'er  the  holidays,  in  Akron, 
Ohio,  called  ‘AVotv!  The  Spectacular.” 

Lauren  Porsch  has  started  the  Mas- 


ter of  Public  Health  program  at  Colum- 
bia’s Mailman  School  of  Public  Health. 
She  still  performs,  and  vs'ill  be  appearing  as 
Hansel  in  “Hansel  und  Gretel”  with  the 
New  York  Opera  Forum  and  in  the  Bronx 
Opera’s  production  of  “The  Bartered 
Bride”  this  w'inter — not  to  be  mistaken 
wdth  the  Barnard  bride. 

Speaking  of  weddings,  congratulations 
to  Nile  Kurashige,  who  married  Matt 
Deeds  in  June.  They  live  in  Toronto,  where 
Nile  studies  botany  at  the  Unh'ersity  of 
Toronto.  Her  husband  writes  compiler 
softw'are  for  IBM. 

Rebecca  Cole  works  as  a manage- 
ment associate  at  Prudential  Financial  in  a 
leadership  development  program.  Erica 
Wagner  is  completing  her  second  year  of 
Teach  For  America  in  Los  Angeles. 

After  having  traveling  in  Central 
Europe  and  attending  language  school  in 
Dresden,  Germany,  Julia  Moses  has 
started  graduate  work  on  a master’s  degree 
in  philosophy  in  modern  European  history 
at  the  University  of  Oxford. 

Pooja  Badlani  is  enjoying  her  gradu- 
ate program  at  Pratt  and  w'orking  as  a 
graduate  assistant  in  the  Barnard  College 
Activities  Office! 

Rachel  Fisher  just  finished  her  MSc 
in  Urban  Regeneration  at  LTiversity'  Col- 
lege London.  She  Ih'es  in  London  and 
works  for  Free  Form  Arts  Trust,  a public 
arts  charity'  running  their  Building  Com- 
munities program. 

Latha  Heyman  lives  in  SoHo  and  is 
the  promotions  coordinator  in  the  adver- 
tising/ marketing  department  of  Marie 
Claire,  where  she  has  w'orked  since  last  Sep- 
tember. 

Until  recendy,  Huong  Trieu  worked 
as  a research  associate  for  a finance  profes- 
sor at  Harvard  Business  School.  She  began 
a new  job  as  a consultant  at  Monitor 
Group  in  Cambridge.  She  is  “enjoying  the 
job  and  Boston  life,  albeit,  a little  low  key.” 
Over  the  summer,  Huong  traveled  to 
Korea  and  Japan  and  highly  recommends 
the  trip! 

Abbie  Yamamoto  is  in  her  second 
year  of  the  hlA/Ph.D.  program  in  Japan- 
ese literature  at  Unh'ersity  of  California, 
Berkeley.  She  frequendy  visits  New  York  as 
she  misses  the  “Big  Apple”  very'  much,  but 
she  is  also  slowly  adjusting  to  life  in  the  Bay 
area — always  good  to  liv'e  in  a city  with  a 
good  baseball  team! 

Christine  Senne  spent  the  fall  as  the 
office  manager  for  the  Jeb  Bush  Orange 
County  office  in  Orlando,  Fla.  Christina 
ran  Orange  County’s  phone  banks. 


recruited  and  trained  volunteers  and 
helped  to  organize  campaign  events  in  the 
Orlando  area.  She  hoped  to  have  a job  in 
Tallahassee  following  the  election,  and 
enter  law  school  in  the  fall. 

On  the  other  side  of  the  political  spec- 
trum, I performed  similar  duties  in  Mont- 
gomery County,  Md.,  for  the  last  100  days 
of  Kathleen  Kennedy  Townsend’s  cam- 
paign for  gov'ernor. 

Erin  Fredrick 

1421  Massachusetts  Ave.,  NW,  Apt.  308 
Washington,  DC  20005 
alumnae2001  @y  a hoo.com 


Claire  Ng  attends  Rutgers  University  and 
is  pursuing  a Ph.D.  in  marine  biology. 
Sara  Liss  has  been  living  in  Istanbul, 
Turkey,  since  November.  She  works  as  a 
v'olunteer  with  the  Jewish  community  cen- 
ter, where  she  teaches  Hebrew  and  creates 
programs  for  local  youth  clubs  and  the 
Jewish  school.  Additionally,  she  writes  for 
Time  Out  Istanbul  and  other  local  publica- 
tions. 

Amy  Wasser  works  at  the  Foundation 
Center  as  a development  assistant  in  their 
fund  raising  department.  She  lives  in  Jersey 
City  and  lov'es  her  job,  although  she  does 
miss  being  at  Barnard.  Erica  Zeichner  is 
a first  year  student  at  Fordham  Law. 

Gretchen  Collazo  writes,  "Hi,  ladies! 
I'm  currendy  livfing  in  Brooklyn  and  work- 
ing as  a paralegal  at  Shearman  & Sterling. 
I'm  planning  on  entering  law  school  soon." 

Alexis  Barad  works  m sales  for  Ran- 
dom House's  children's  book  div'ision.  She 
just  got  an  apartment  on  the  Upper  West 
Side  with  Erica  Orden. 

Nadine  Haobsh 
147  E.  81st  St.,  Apt.  4-E 
New  York,  NY  10028-1854 
212-734-9878 
nadine_haobsh@condenast.com 


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FOOD  FOR  THOUGHT,  CONTINUED 
FROM  PAGE  33 

company,  Sis  Prociuctions,  where  she 
has  senecl  as  the  national  spokesperson 
and  broadcast  pn.imotion  consultant  for 
clients  such  as  Ciamplrell  Soup  Cio.  and 
the  California  CTrajjes  Association. 

Networking  among  those  in  the 
lt)od  industry  has  reunited  Riggers  with 
classmate  and  journalist  Louise  Kramer 
'79.  who  studied  in  Paris  with  her  dur- 
ing their  junior  year.  Kramer  also  fell 
into  the  food  industry  and  now  reports 
on  the  restaurant,  hotel  and  tourism 
industries  for  Crains  .\cw  Cork  Business. 
Kramer  cocered  health  care  and  go\- 
ernment  news  for  sec'eral  years  at  a New 
Jersec'  paper  before  taking  a job  in  New 
Mirk  at  the  trade  publication  Supermar- 
ket News.  lb  her  surprise,  she  found  the 
food  industry  fascinating  and  has  since 
written  about  the  industry  lijr  a number 
of  other  publications,  including  Adver- 
tising Age. 

Kramer  enjoys  reporting  on  the 
economic  and  business  as]rccts  of  the 
food  industry,  examining  its  impact  on 
everything  from  emjjloyment  to  real 
estate.  '‘It's  all  related.  If  McDonald's 
wanted  to  add  a new  pickle  to  its  burg- 
er, it  has  to  source  h\e  million  cucum- 
bers at  local  farms,  thus  benehting  the 
cucumber  business." 

Like  Kramer,  Melissa  Clark  '90 
always  emisioned  a career  in  writing, 
and  found  a niche  as  a cookbook 
author  -she's  jjcnned  14  to  date  - and 
regular  contributor  to  the  ‘‘Dining 
In/Dining  ( )ut"  section  in  The  New  link 
Times.  ‘‘When  I ligured  out  I could  com- 
bine food  and  writing,  I was  in  heac’cn," 
she  says.  Other  alumnae  who'c’e  written 


//  roll  're  an  alumna  in  the  food  industry,  rou 
can  list  your  business  or  service  for  free  in  the 
Yellow  Pages  on  the  alumnae  1 1 ’eb  site, 

WWW.  barnard.  edit /alum. 


cooklrooks  include  Dana  Jacobi  'bh  and 
.\nn  Selgin  Le\y  '6,b. 

However,  it  can  Ire  dillicult  to  suc- 
ceed in  the  food  industry,  w ith  its  gruel- 
ing houi's,  risky  c entures  and  low  jray.  “I 
really  had  to  cobble  together  dilferent 
jobs  and  projects  to  make  a li\ing," 
Clark  says,  recalling  her  work  as  a 
writer  for  a food  Web  site  and  magazine 
recipe  develojrer,  while  simultaneously 
moonlighting  as  a restaurant  coat 
checker.  Clark's  resourcefulness  gave 
her  much  exposure  and  experience,  as  it 
did  with  Liz  Neumark.  Initially,  Neu- 
mark  wanted  to  pursue  a career  in  pho- 
tography after  Barnard,  so  she  sujDport- 


ed  herself  by  waitressing  at  pric'ate 
parties,  as  her  other  “lifelong  interest 
has  always  been  hospitality."  She 
hatched  a plan  with  her  friend,  a fla- 
menco dancer  from  Minnesota,  to 
launch  Creat  Performances  in  1979  as 
a waitress  serx  ice  for  women  in  the  arts. 
In  1980,  Neumark  incorporated  food, 
and  photography  became  her  xocation 
rather  than  a profession,  as  the  compa- 
u)-  ex'entually  expanded  to  a full-serx  ice 
catering  company  with  high  profile 
clients  such  as  AOL  Time  Warner. 
“We're  more  about  the  entire  experi- 
ence. Lhe  way  it's  serx-ed  is  xxhat  yoti'll 
remember,"  Neumark  says. 

Manx'  alumnae  hax’e  trax’eled  the 
entrepreneurial  route,  including  Susan 
Kristal  Wine  '68,  xxho  oxvned  The 
(Jiiilted  Giralfe  in  Manhattan  and  now 
oxvns  Mntage  Nexx'  York  xx  ine  stores  and 
Rixendell  Winery  in  Nexx-  Paltz,  N.V.; 
Nancy  Yaifa  '88,  xvho  is  co-ox\ner  of 
The  Screening  Room,  a film  house, 


restaurant  and  lounge  in  Manhattan; 
and  the  late  Barbara  'fropp  ’70,  xvho 
oxvned  San  Francisco’s  China  Moon. 
It’s  a “family  affair"  at  Peter  Luger 
Steak  House,  a Nexv  York  legend  that’s 
co-oxvned  by  sisters  Amy  Forman 
Rubenstein  ’60  and  Marilyn  Forman 
Spiera  '59  and  Spiera’s  daughter,  Jody 
Spiera  Storch  '92  (see  sidebar,  page  33). 

Passion  and  an  eye  for  detail  are  at 
the  heart  of  each  alumna’s  success  story 
in  the  food  industry,  regardless  of  when 
the  “foodie  bug”  manifested  itself  For 
restaurant  rexiexxer  \'ictoria  Pesce 
Elliott  ’87,  “the  bug"  struck  xvhile  xvrit- 
ing  lor  Frommer's  Florida  trax-el  guides,  as 
she  found  herself  most  enthralled  xvith 
the  dining  sections.  “Writina:  about  the 
hotels  and  attractions  seemed  laborious, 
but  the  food  writing  didn’t  seem  like 
xx'ork,"  she  says.  “I  xvas  passionate  about 
food  and  the  xvriting  just  folloxved.” 
Elliott  xvrites  extensively  about  restau- 
rants for  the  Miami  Herald,  and  edits  the 
fagat  Survey  of  Miami/Sotilh  Florida 
restaurants. 

4’he  jrrecision  and  dedication  of 
alumnae  in  the  food  industry  may  be 
hard  to  comprehend  for  those  xx’ho  may 
simply  x'iexv  cooking  as  a necessity,  or,  at 
best,  a hobby.  Hoxxever,  Barnard  alum- 
itae  haxe  prox'en  that  food  can  be  ele- 
vated to  an  art  form.  Cookbook  and  tel- 
ex'ision  doyenne  Julia  Child  put  it  aptly 
xvhen  she  xvrote,  “Noncooks  think  it’s 
silly  to  inx'est  txvo  hours’  xvork  in  txvo 
minute’s  enjeryment;  but  if  cooking  is 
ex  anescent,  so  is  the  ballet.”  The  con- 
tributions of  Barttard  alumnae  haxe 
indeed  enriched  and  enlix’ened  the  food 
and  hosjDitality  industries,  as  they’ve 
discovered  the  secret  ingredient  for  find- 
ing fulhlling  xvork.  ® 


Lori  Segal  is  the  associate  editor  at  Barnard 
magazine,  and  caught  the  ‘foodie  bug'’  while 
working  as  the  assistant  research  editor  at 
Food  & \\'ine  magazine. 


66  Barnard  Wixi  er  20(13 


Ballot 


ALUMNAE  ASSOCIATION  OF  BARNARD  COLLEGE 


his  is  the  ballot  prepared  by  the  Alumnae  Association  of  Barnard  College  (AABC)  Nominating  Committee.  No 
idependent  petitions  have  been  received.  Vote  for  your  candidate  by  marking  an  “x”  in  the  circle  to  the  left  of  her 
ame.  Ballot  must  be  postmarked  no  later  than  May  1 6. 

Nominating  Commiti  ee  (3  years) 


Board  of  Directors 

(Vote  for  one  candidate  for  each  office) 

Alumnae  Trustee  (4  years) 

O Janet  Williams  Helman  ’56 

Leadership  Council  (3  years) 

O Lynn  Rothstein  ’78 

Regional  Committee  Chair  (3  years) 
O Patricia  Tin  to  ’76 

Treasurer  (3  years) 

O Laurie  Wolf  Bryk  ’78 

Director  at  Large 
O Wendy  Supovitz  Reilly  ’63 


(Vote  for  three) 

O Nekesa  Moody  ’92 
O Anneka  Norgren  ’97 
O Terry  Colen  Shapiro  ’67 
O Katherine  Sinsabaugh  ’85 
O Marcia  Weinstein  Stern  ’66 
O Claire  Tse  ’78 


Members  of  the  Nominating  Committee  2002-2003:  Linda  Rappaport  Ferber  ’66,  chair;  Carol  Herman  Cohen 
’59;  Lori  Hoepner  ’94,  Carol  Lane  ’60;  Sylvia  Montero  ’72*;Julia  Parker  ’92*;  Ruth  West  ’45;  Yvonne  WUlard  ’84 
(*  denotes  members  whose  terms  expire  in  2003). 


PLACE 

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HERE 


Barnard  College 

AABC  Board  of  Elections 

Vagelos  Alumnae  Center 

3009  Broadway 

New  York,  NY  10027-6598 


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graduate  colleges  of  the  University. 
Barnard  students  who  meet  the  relevant 
qualifications  can  enroll  in  accelerated 
graduate-degree  programs  that  Barnard 
sponsors  with  Columbia’s  School  of 
International  & Public  Affairs  and  the 
Columbia  Law  School.  In  athletics, 
Barnard  students  can  join  the  Universi- 
ty’s varsity  teams  and  compete  at  the 
NCAA  Division  I level. 

Unfortunately,  much  less  attention 
is  publicly  paid  to  the  benefits  Colum- 
bia students  derive  from  this  partner- 
ship. Cross-registration  flows  both  ways 
across  Broadway,  and  in  an  average 
year,  Columbia  undergraduates  attend 
6,300  courses  at  Barnard.  Columbia 
students  majoring  in  or  otherwise  inter- 
ested in  dance,  theater,  architecture  and 
urban  studies  benefit  enormously  from 
the  Barnard  connection,  because  in 
these  disciplines,  Barnard  runs  the  offi- 
cial undergraduate  programs  for  the 
entire  University.  Barnard  also  offers  a 
program  in  teacher  education  for  all 
University  undergraduates. 

Q.  How  does  the  affiliation  with 
Columbia  affect  the  Barnard  fac- 
ulty? 

A.  It  profoundly  affects  our  faculty 
members  through  all  stages  of  their 
careers.  Barnard  and  Columbia  collabo- 
rate on  faculty  hiring  in  order  to  avoid 
duplication  of  resources,  and  Barnard 
faculty  members  teach  about  40  gradu- 
ate courses  a year  at  Columbia.  Barnard 
faculty  members  who  are  up  for  tenure 
must  pass  a review  by  the  Unh'ersity 
once  they  have  passed  successfully 
through  the  College’s  own  review 
process.  It’s  a difficult  double  trial  for  our 
professors,  but  successful  candidates  join 
the  tenured  faculty  ranks  of  both  a supe- 
rior liberal  arts  college  and  an  Ivy 
League  research  university.  So  while  our 


Columbia  affiliation  presents  unique 
challenges  to  our  faculty,  it  also  helps 
Barnard  attract  top  scholars — those  who 
might  otherwise  not  be  attracted  to  a 
small  liberal  arts  college,  however  excel- 
lent its  reputation. 

Q.  How  has  the  relationship 
between  the  two  institutions 

changed  over  time? 

A.  Of  course,  the  most  significant 
changes  occurred  immediately  before 
and  after  Columbia  went  co-ed  in  1983. 
That  was  a very  dillicult  period  for 
Barnard,  and  thanks  to  the  wisdom, 
strength  and  resolve  of  my  predecessors 
— whose  words  and  actions  represented 
the  overwhelming  sentiment  of  the 
alumnae,  the  trustees,  and  the  rest  of  the 
Barnard  community  Barnard  main- 
tained its  autonomy  and  successfully 
renegotiated  its  position  within  the  Uni- 
versity'. I hav'e  made  it  a priority'  to  build 
on  that  great  accomplishment,  and  since 
I came  to  Barnard  in  1994,  I have 
worked  with  Columbia’s  president  to 
continually  raise  the  level  of  communi- 
cation, coordination  and  reciprocity 
Iretween  our  two  institutions.  ® 


SYLLARUS, 

CONTINUED  FROM  PAGE  11 

she  studied  abroad. 

Yoni  Appelbaum  CC  ’03,  a history 
major,  catalogs  the  seminar’s  interdisci- 
plinary reach;  “It  incorporates  social  his- 
tory, urban  geography,  art  history,  and 
political  and  economic  history,”  he  says. 

The  first  class  of  the  semester 
immediately  settles  the  question,  ‘AV’hat 
is  a wen?”  It  is  a disfiguring  tumor.  In 
the  early  formative  years  of  modern 
London,  agricultural  England  viewed 
the  city  as  exactly  that,  with  a mixture 
of  awe  and  repulsion. 

The  third  class,  covering  commer- 
cial life  in  18th-century  London,  is  a 


representative  session.  Students  prepare 
by  reading  the  relevant  chapter  of  Roy 
Porter’s  opus,  London:  .1  Social  History, 
along  with  articles  from  The  Spectator,  a 
popular  18th-centtiry  magazine,  and 
selections  from  The  London  Spy,  an 
account  of  local  doings  by  a hack  writer 
of  the  day. 

“It’s  important  for  students  to  read 
primary  sources  and  hear  \'oices  direct- 
ly from  the  period  they’re  sttjclying,” 
Yhlenze  says.  “I  want  them  to  imagine 
what  it  was  like  to  be  alive  300  to  400 
years  ago.” 

Each  class  member  is  recjtiired  to 
make  an  oral  presentation  during  the 
semester,  and  the  third  class  this  fall 
opened  with  a student’s  10-minute  cri- 
tique of  the  Porter  chapter.  (Students 
are  also  recjuired  to  write  two  essays  and 
a final  paper.)  That  presentation  pro- 
voked a dynamic  discussion  of  the 
assigned  readings,  which  Valenze  fol- 
lowed with  a slide  show  of  period  paint- 
ings to  give  students  a visual  sense  of 
the  era.  While  \'iewing  each  slide,  stu- 
dents shared  their  observ  ations  on  what 
the  artwork  revealed  of  18th-century 
London’s  social  and  commercial  life. 
Among  the  many  cjuestions  explored 
was  why  women  weren’t  portrayed  in 
paintings  of  coffee  houses  and  clubs, 
and  what  London  women  of  different 
economic  classes  were  doing  during 
that  period. 

Valenze,  whose  mother-in-law  and 
sister-in-law  graduated  from  Barnard, 
says  such  discussions  are  always 
enlivened  by  the  energ)'  and  feistiness  of 
Barnard  sttidents.  “A  new  faculty  mem- 
ber recently  asked  me  when  students 
stop  challenging  everything  you  say.  At 
Barnard?  Never!’  1 told  her,”  Valenze 
says  with  an  appreciative  latigh.  Ki 


fViM'ER  2003  Barnard  67 


LAST  WORD 


BY  ISOLDE  RAFTERY  ’04 


nspired  by  Anna 

Her  e-mail  began,  ‘‘When  I was  21  years  old  and 
had  recently  graduated  from  America’s  best 
college  for  women,  I was  working  as  a reporter 
at  the  New  York  Post,^’  She  concluded,  “That 
was  30  years  ago.  Everything  has  changed  since 


then.  And  nothing  has  changed,  too.  So  what  do  you  want  to 
know?  \bur  mentor,  Anna  Qiiindlen  ’74.” 

What  did  I want  to  know?  I'd  applied  to  the  Sophomore- 
■Alumnae  Mentorship  Program  in  a fit  of  desperation,  after 
another  impossilrle  night  at  the  Columbia  Daily  Spectator.  I had 
been  named  matiaging  editor  of  the  paper  two  months  earli- 
er, and  it  hadn't  been 
easy;  I felt  that  being  a 
sophomore  at  Barnard 
hindered  my  relation- 
shi]3  with  older,  macho 
editors  used  to  the 
“good  of  boys”  way  of 
managing  a pajrer. 

Would  I tell  her 
that  my  mom  had 
memorized  parts  of 
the  last  “Public  and 
Prixate”  column  she 
wrote  for  the  (Dp-fid 
page  of  The  .New  York 
Times,  or  that  her 
nox'el.  Black  and  Blue,  had  serx'ed  as  inspiration  for  the  moth- 
er of  a close  friend?  Or  would  I tell  her  I want  to  be  a war 
correspondent,  or  that  my  parents  were  in  the  process  of  final- 
izing their  dix’orce?  How  casual  could  I be  in  comersation 
without  seeming  irrex-erent?  Hox\-  flexible  could  she  be  for  an 
angst-ridden  2 1 -year-old  xvho  needs  fix’e  more  Iwes  to  live  out 
her  ex'ery  dream?  My  response  to  Anna’s  e-mail  was  stock  and 
self-conscious  (to  cjuote  my  father,  xvho’d  seen  three  drafts  by 
the  time  I hit  “Send”),  and  Anna  responded  with  an 
imitation. 


We  met  for  lunch  in  a cafe  on  the  Upper  West  Side  on  a 
hot  Tuesday  during  finals  xx  eek.  By  the  end  of  our  meal,  three 
things  struck  me:  First,  reserx'ed  is  a foreign  concept  to  Anna. 
She  had  no  cjualms  sxvearing  or  telling  me  she  didn’t,  and 
xvouldn't  hax’e,  worked  for  the  Spectator.  Second,  a conx'ersa- 
tion  betxveen  two  journalists  from  Barnard  about 
Barnard/Columbia  relations  gets  heated  (especially  when 
speculating  about  the  then-incoming  Columbia  president’s 
x'iexv  of  Barnard).  Third,  Anna’s  Nexv Jersey  accent  highlights 
her  dry  sense  of  humor. 

Our  correspondence  began  xvith  the  basics  of  the  trade. 
Prior  to  meeting  xvith  Anna,  I described  good  journalism  as 
“objectix’e”  and  a “form  of  actixism.”  When  I wrote  this  to 
Anna,  she  responded,  “'Phe  onlx’  point  of  journalism  is  to  tell 
stories  and  delix  er  them  to  readers  in  a timely  fashion.  ^Vhat 
the  readers  do — weejr,  or  rail,  or  shrug,  or  send  money,  or 
change  their  xote — is  not  our  concern.  Only  the  stoiy,  and  the 
delix’ery  of  the  story,  matters  to  us  as  a matter  of  profession- 
al obligation.” 

W'hen  I sat  doxxii  to  xvrite  this  essay,  xvriter’s  block  para- 
lyzed me.  I xvas  afraid  to  use  cliches  to  describe  an  upfront,  fem- 
inist xvoman  xvho  has  inspired  me  over  the  past  10  months. 
She’s  funny,  she’s  magnetic,  she  makes  me  think;  500  words 
cannot  appropriately  convey  our  mentor/ mentee  relationship, 
nor  can  it  encompass  how  it  has  e.xtended  beyond  journalism- 
Irased  camaraderie. 

I thought  about  writing  this  e.ssay  as  a thank  you  letter  to 
Anna,  but  how  do  I start  to  thank  someone  for  a relationship 
that’s  just  begun?  ® 

Isolde  Raftery  ’04  is  majonng  in  political  science 
and  hopes  to  pursue  a career  in  journalism. 


The  only  point  of  jour- 
nalism is  to  tell  stories 
and  deliver  them  to  read- 
ers in  a timely  fashion. 

. . . Only  the  story,  and 
the  delivery  of  the  story, 
matters  to  us  as  a 
matter  of  professional 
obligation. 


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THE  BARNARD  SUMMIT 


WOMEN  AND  HEALTH  • SATURDAY,  APRIL  5,  2003 


9 a.m.  — 4 • LeFrak  Gymnasium,  Barnard  College, 

3009  Broadway  at  West  Il7tli  St.,  New  York  City 


Please  join  President  Judith  Shapiro  and  influential  health 
specialists,  activists,  researchers,  government  leaders  and  authors  to 
take  stock  of  how  changes  in  women’s  lives  affect  their  health  and  how 
women’s  health  acts  as  a barometer  for  society’s  well  being.  The  day-long 
event  will  focus  on  reproductive  and  mental  health,  gender  differences  in  medicine, 
research  and  health  care,  AIDS,  eating  disorders,  depression  and  menopause. 


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Panelists  will  include: 

Byllye  Avery,  health  activist  and  founder. 
National  Black  Women’s  Health  Project 

Joan  Jacobs  Brumberg,  Cornell  University 
historian  and  author  of  Fasting  Girls,  a history 
of  anorexia  nervosa 

Dr.  Helene  Gayle  ’76,  director.  Gates 
Foundation  HIV/AIDS  and  Tuberculosis 
Program  and  former  director.  Centers  for 
Disease  Control 


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Moderators  for  the  panels  will  include  President  Shapiro  and  Lynn  Sherr,  the  ABC  Gina  Kolata,  The  New  York  Times  science  writer 
News  20/20  correspondent  who  specializes  in  women’s  issues  and  social  change.  author  of  Sex  in  America.  A Definitive  Surv^. 


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The  cost  is  $65,  including  lunch  ($45  young  alumnae,  cfasses 
Students  are  free  (pre-registration  required). 


Dr.  Marianne  Legato,  professor  of  clinical 
medicine,  Columbia  University,  author 
of  Eve’s  Rib  and  founder.  Partnership  for 
Gender-Specific  Medicine 

Dr.  Afaf  I.  Meleis,  dean  of  nursing.  University 
of  Pennsylvania  and  president.  International 
Council  on  Women’s  Health  Issues 

Ellen  More,  medical  historian. 

University  of  Texas 

Judy  Norsigian,  executive  director  and 
co-founder,  Boston  Women’s  Health  Book 
Collective  and  co-author  of  Our  Bodies,  Ourselves 

Dr.  Vivian  Finn,  director.  Office  of  Research 
on  Women’s  Health,  National  Institutes  of 
Health 

Maijatta  Rasi,  ambassador  and  permanent 
representative  of  Finland  to  the  United  Nations 

Dr.  Juditb  Reicbman  '66,  Ob/Gyn; 

Today  Show  medical  contributor 

Jeffrey  Sachs,  economist  and  advisor  to  United 
Nations  Secretary  General  Kofi  Annan  and 
director,  Columbia  University  Earth  Institute 

Dr.  Nafis  Sadfk,  special  advisor  to  the  United 
Nations  Secretary  General,  special  envoy  for 


Pre-register  online  beginning  February  I by  going  to 
www.barnard.edu/summit  or  call  Esterow  Events  at  212-626-6536- 

For  more  information,  e-mail  questions  to:  summit@barnard.edu 

Information;  www.barnar<l.ed\i/su.mmit 


HIV/AIDS  in  Asia 

D r.  Isaac  Schiff,  professor  of  gynecology, 
Harvard  Medical  School  and  director, 
Vincent  Obstetrics  and  Gynecology  Service, 
Massachusetts  General  Hospital 

Faye  Wattleton,  president. 

Center  for  Gender  Equity 


MEDIA  PARTNERS:  GLAMOUR  & WNYC 


Elizabeth  Wurtzel,  bestselling  author  of 
Prozac  Nation:  Young  and  Depressed  in  America